England and Czech Republic go head-to-head for top spot in Group D of Euro 2020 on Tuesday at 8pm (UK time).
The Three Lions started the tournament with a less-than-convincing 1-0 win over Croatia and an even more concerning goalless stalemate with Scotland on Friday night. Jaroslav Silhavy’s men meanwhile had few issues seeing off Scotland in their opening game, before surrendering a lead in a 1-1 draw with Croatia.
Where to watch Czech Republic vs England Republic on TV:
- UK: ITV
- US: ESPN
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Czech Republic vs England build-up, previous line-ups & injury news:
Questions were asked and eyebrows were raised when Gareth Southgate announced his line-up for the Croatia game, but he pacified the criticism and silenced the skeptics with a solid, if not entirely convincing 1-0 win. However, that same attacking line-up came unstuck against a well-drilled, disciplined Scotland side, with Harry Kane looking out of sorts, the midfield struggling to maintain the tempo, and Jadon Sancho somehow yet to get a minute on the pitch.
Czech Republic, by contrast, are riding the crest of a wave. They entered the tournament in concerning form, losing to Wales in March’s World Cup qualifiers, and suffering a 4-0 reversal at the hands of Italy in a warm-up game this month, but their early start to Euro 2020 has been impressive. Silhavy’s men brushed past Scotland 2-0, before collecting a point off Croatia to lead the group on goal difference, with Patrik Schick an early Golden Boot frontrunner.
- Czech Republic (vs Croatia): Vaclik; Coufal, Celustka, Kalas, Boril; Holes, Soucek, Darida, Jankto, Masopust; Schick.
- England (vs Scotland): Pickford; James, Stones, Mings, Shaw; Rice, Phillips, Mount; Foden, Sterling, Kane.
Harry Maguire was an unused substitute in the stalemate with Scotland and may come in here to partner John Stones, gaining some valuable minutes ahead of the knockouts, providing England don’t capitulate and squander an automatic place in the last-16 to Scotland, who face Croatia in the adjacent fixture.
Harry Kane has looked noticeably off the boil this tournament, coming off against Scotland, but despite the concerns, Southgate has reiterated his faith in the Tottenham star and all but confirmed his place in his starting XI for the game on Tuesday night.
“You can assume that, yes, absolutely,” Southgate replied when asked if Kane would retain his starting berth.
“He is fundamental not only to the goals he scores but the build-up play and everything else he brings.”
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Players to watch:
England: Speaking before England’s match vs Scotland, former Liverpool midfielder Graeme Souness told ITV: ” I actually think Declan Rice will be better at the back, I’m not sure if he’s got enough football at the very highest level.
“I think the same of Scott McTominay of Scotland and Man United. Both young men with big careers, but I’m not sure if both of them will be in midfield going forward.”
Souness’ assessment of the young midfielder would contradict all that he has achieved at West Ham. The stand-in skipper has almost single-handedly revolutionised David Moyes’ midfield, providing grit, intelligence and positional expertise to fire the club to the Europa League.
For the Hammers, Rice is more of a box-to-box, pushing up with enthusiasm and driving his teammates forward; for England he is more of an anchorman, which arguably inhibits the strongest aspects of his game. If anything, Rice should go in the opposite direction of Souness’ assessment to really get the best out of his ability.
He can break up play and procure the ball like any good No. 6, but his ability to push on and involve himself in attacking moves for West Ham is one of his key traits, and somehow continues to go under the radar, perhaps because of his ‘conservative’ role for England.
Czech Republic: If you want to know how Tomas Soucek flourished so much in the Premier League with West Ham, then of course you need to look at Rice, who worked perfectly in tandem with his ‘Czech mate’. But, for his nation, Soucek remains a key midfield cog, and will certainly be relishing the battle with Rice. Endowed with great physicality, athleticism and a refined footballing ability that belies his towering frame, Soucek is a midfield powerhouse who won’t give England’s midfield a second to breath. He will be a threat from set-pieces (at both ends of the pitch), snapping at ankles and driving Czech Republic forward.