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Euro 2020: Czech vs. England match preview- team news, lineups

Tue 22 June 2021 | 8:30

Czech Republic face England in UEFA EURO 2020 Group D at Wembley, London. Follow along for Czech Republic vs. England live stream online, prediction, lineups preview and score updates of the Euro 2020.

The Euro 2020 group stages are moving towards the knockout stages and as the final round of group games begin, both

Czech Republic

and England will fight for the top spot in Group D.

Euro 2020 surprise package the Czech Republic and England attempt to qualify from Group D as winners when they lock horns at Wembley on Tuesday night.

England

are looking to finish top of the pile as they take on Czech Republic in their final Group D game on Tuesday. Gareth Southgate and his squad are under pressure to deliver a performance in their final Euro 2020 Group D game against the Czech Republic.

Both teams secured a point from their most recent matches, as the Three Lions could not find a way past Scotland while the Czech Republic ended up drawing 1-1 with Croatia.

The Locomotives have shown great resilience in the previous two fixtures and are on course to reach the knockout stage of Euro 2020. They defeated England’s neighbors

Scotland

in the opening fixture with a wonder goal from the halfway line by Patrick Schick.

Czech Republic vs. England match preview

The Wembley Stadium in London will host the exhausting battle that is set to take place on Tuesday, June 22. The teams are tied with four points each in the group, with the Czechs edging over their opponents on goal difference.

Czech Republic

After a full Premier League season of controversial refereeing decisions and VAR reviews sparking heated debates, a Euro 2020 campaign without such dramas has been a breath of fresh air, but fans were surprised when

Dejan Lovren

's flailing elbow on Patrik Schick led to a penalty on matchday two.

A bloodied Schick cleaned himself off before dispatching the resulting spot kick as

Dominik Livakovic

went the wrong way, but Croatia were level within two minutes of the restart as Ivan Perisic cut inside on his right foot before firing home to restore parity for the Chequered Ones.

Neither team could find the second goal which they desired a lot during the rest of the match, but Jaroslav Silhavy was satisfied with a point against the 2018 World Cup runners-up, and the Czech Republic are certainly in a strong position to advance to the knockout stages for just the fourth time as an independent nation.

Schick's game-winning brace against Scotland on matchday one means that the Czech Republic currently lead the way at the top of the rankings, and so long as they can avoid defeat against England, they will make it out of the group as winners and set up a tie with the runners-up from the group of death.

It is impossible for the Czech Republic to finish lower than third in the group, so the prospect of Silhavy's squad advancing as one of the best third-placed teams is still very much alive, but the group leaders have every reason to be optimistic about their chances of claiming a famous scalp over an uninspired England.

England

As England made their presence felt in the English capital, Steve Clarke's men certainly made their presence felt on the Wembley turf, and England were arguably fortunate to come away with a point in a 0-0 draw against their neighbors.

Another uninspiring performance from talisman Harry Kane did not help matters, but Scotland showed a passion and desire that was devoid in the Three Lions' side throughout the 90 minutes, and in a familiar sight, the pressure is piling on Gareth Southgate's shoulders once again.

However, England's last-16 fate remains in their own hands thanks to their opening-day victory over

Croatia

, and the second-placed Three Lions need only a draw to confirm their spot in the knockout stages, while a win would see them leapfrog the Czech Republic at the top.

Just like in Russia three years ago, a runners-up place could see England rewarded with a friendlier tie in the next round versus the runners-up of Group E - although that could very well be Spain - and failure to sink the Czechs would not exactly lead to high hopes for the rest of the summer.

Southgate would have been satisfied to see his side keep their fourth clean sheet on the bounce against Scotland, though, and they thrashed the Czech Republic 5-0 at Wembley during Euro 2020 qualification, but their upcoming opponents gained revenge in a 2-1 success back in October 2019.

Form analysis

The Czech Republic have no new injury concerns to work around for their final game of Euro 2020 Group D against England as

Schick

recovered from his bloodied episode to net his third goal of the tournament last time out.

The

Bayer Leverkusen

forward is one of only two players - the other being

Cristiano Ronaldo

- to net a trio of goals at Euro 2020 so far, and he has been tipped by Silhavy to finish as the tournament's top goalscorer.

Alex Kral could potentially replace Tomas Holes but the Czechs otherwise have no need to fix what is not broken.

Czech Republic possible starting lineup:

Vaclik; Coufal, Kalas, Celustka, Boril; Soucek, Kral; Masopust, Darida, Jankto; Schick

Harry Maguire

was an unused substitute for the goalless draw with Scotland and is supposed to be in the starting line-up in this match, although it would be harsh to see Tyrone Mings dropped.

Jordan Henderson could also challenge

Kalvin Phillips

for a spot in midfield but may be unsuccessful in that regard, while Southgate will surely ponder changes in the final third given his side's inefficient performance on Friday.

Jack Grealish is a name that England fans have been crying out for and they may finally get their wish on Tuesday, although the Aston Villa man reportedly trained individually on Saturday in a bid to shake off some discomfort.

Jadon Sancho has not been brought off the bench in England's previous matches but is another name to play against the Czech Republic at Wembley on Tuesday; meanwhile, Kane is not expected to be dropped despite his struggles at the tournament so far.

England possible starting lineup:

Pickford; Walker, Stones, Maguire, Shaw; Rice, Phillips; Sancho, Mount, Grealish; Kane

Czech Republic vs. England - Head-to-head in all competitions

Let’s see what the head to head score between the two teams can tell us about the upcoming match. Though the two have met only four times so far, the final two matches were in the Euro 2021 qualifications. This gives us a pretty good idea on how the two teams stack up against each other.

England won the first match 5-0, while the Czech Republic won the second one 2-1. Considering the fact that the two teams will play at Wembley, it’s safe to say that the “Three Lions” are a strong favorite.

Prediction

With Schick’s astounding performance, catching the eye of fans all across the continent, a fired-up Czech Republic ought to give England a good run for their positive start to proceedings.

Southgate is again under huge pressure to select a starting XI capable of boosting the nation's morale with a free-flowing attacking performance, and with some peripheral names in the final third hoping to be given the opportunity to impress, we are still confident that England can prevail by a narrow margin and progress as group winners.

Czech Republic vs. England Referees

Artur Dias (Portugal) will officiate England's final Euro 2020 Group D game against Czech Republic on Tuesday.

Viewing information

  • Date: Tuesday, 22nd June 2021

  • Kick off Time: 3PM EST

  • Location: Wembley, London, England

  • Free live streams: ITV & S4C

  • Odds: Czech Republic (+220) Draw (+220) England (-150)

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