The Three Lions started their Euro 2020 campaign with a revenge victory against Croatia.
Three years after their elimination in the semi-finals of the 2018 World Cup,
once again in their opening match of Euro 2020.
started the game with a surprising line-up. The 50-year-old startedJack Grealish
on the bench and usedKeiran Trippier
ahead ofLuke Shaw
at left-back. The Three Lions started the game with dominance and managed to put pressure on Croatia’s defense early on. Following a pass byRaheem Sterling
hit the far post in the 7th minute. Despite their unimpressive start, the World Cup runner-ups escaped England’s initial pressure and gained more possession during the first half.
’s team tested England’s backline a few times, but they remained cautious of their opponents' speedy counter-attacks.
Southgate’s team took control of the game in the second half and got their opening goal in the 57th minute.Leeds United
danced behind two Croatia defenders and passed the ball to Raheem Sterling, who scored his 13th goal in 17 appearances for the national team. The Checkered Ones tried to mount a comeback during the second half, but they were unable to get past England’s solid defense.
Following their first-ever victory in a European Championship opener, England will face old rivals
in their next Group D battle on June 18. Elsewhere in the group, Croatia are set to play against the
on the same day.