Sterling, Saka, Modric shine on Day 12 of the Euros

Raheem Sterling’s early header proved enough to earn England a victory against the Czech Republic at Wembley that took Gareth Southgate’s side into the round of 16 as Group D winners.

In the other game, goals by Nikola Vlašić, Luka Modrić and Ivan Perišić earned Croatia a victory in Glasgow that clinched the runners-up berth in Group D and a place in the last 16, as co-hosts Scotland bowed out of the tournament.


Needing to win to overtake the Czechs and claim first place in Group D, England began positively with Sterling lobbing against the post as early as the second minute.

Ten minutes later he did have his goal, Jack Grealish twisting and turning down the left before lifting the ball to the far post where Sterling nodded in.

Harry Kane was then denied by Tomáš Vaclík as England continued to press, but it was by no means one-way traffic. Jordan Pickford’s flying stop denied Tomáš Holeš before Tomáš Souček whipped a shot centimetres wide of the target.

With both teams already through to the round of 16 ahead of kick-off, the tempo dropped in the second half as the two coaches made changes.

As news filtered through of Croatia going two goals clear of Scotland, pushing the Czechs down into third place, substitute Tomáš Pekhart flashed a shot just past the post but that was as close as they came to an equaliser.