Euro 2020 Game Preview: Czech Republic vs England
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England and the Czech Republic will lock horns in their third match of the Group Stage of EUFA Euro 2020.

England and the Czech Republic will lock horns in their third match of the Group Stage of EUFA Euro 2020. Both teams have won one match and drawn once so far.

The winner of the showdown will decide which team will top the group. The Czech Republic are considerably in a better position than Gareth Southgate’s men on goal difference.

Thanks to Patrik Schick’s three goals, Czech Republic needs only one point to finish as section winners.

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However, if the game draws, both sides will advance to the last 16. As for the Three Lions, their last game that was Matchday 2 against Scotland ended in a goalless draw.

They will be looking to end the group stage on a high when they clash against the Czech Republic at Wembley.

The Czech have fared comparatively better in the star-studded competition so far. They were unbeaten in Group D and win in their last outing will have them brimming with confidence against England.

England should find a plan to stop in-form Schick, who has been delivering masterclass performances on the field. Do you remember his long-distance stunner against Scotland?

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The forward has said: “We have four points, so that is a pretty good position for us. We know England have massive quality and top star players. But in their first games, they did not create too many chances – maybe they are struggling a little bit in attack – but as a team, they will be always tough to play against. So we have to prepare as well as we can and of course, we want to win, get three points, and secure qualification from this group.”

It seems that the Czechs are more than ready to face Southgate’s men at Wembley. Speaking about the next matchup, Czech Republic midfielderTomáš Souček said: “It will be extraordinary to play against Declan Rice as we meet every day in training and we play big games for West Ham together, but now we will stand against each other at international level.”

“I think we will talk before and after the game, but during the match, I will see him like any other opponent.”

On the other hand, Southgate’s men will need more energy and attacking spark than they produced against Scotland. Captain Harry Kane is yet to open his account and the management needs to get him more support up ahead as he has looked isolated.

The England coach also has a word to say about the side’s run in the competition so far.

“I think that our defeat in Prague is more relevant than the 5-0 in Wembley: The Czechs were a different team than the team that played in Wembley. We know the quality they’ve got,” Southgate remarked.

“Some of their players have come to the Premier League and been excellent this season. Because of our recent history with Croatia and the fact that everybody focuses on Scotland, I think a lot of our fans pushed that Czech game to one side. We’re certainly not.”

Probable line-ups

Czech Republic: Vaclík; Coufal, Čelůstka, Kalas, Bořil; Souček, Holeš; Masopust, Darida, Jankto; Schick Misses next match if booked: Bořil, Hložek, Masopust.

England: Pickford; Trippier, Stones, Maguire, Shaw; Phillips, Rice, Bellingham; Grealish, Kane, Sterling.

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