LONDON: At least England now know they can rely on Raheem Sterling for goals.
The scoring touch missing at his last three tournaments has been rediscovered on home territory, and it gave his team first place in their group.
Sterling scored his second goal at Euro 2020 on Tuesday to secure a 1-0 victory over the Czech Republic at Wembley. Both teams had already qualified for the round of 16.
The header at the far-post from Jack Grealish’s cross in the 12th minute moved England onto a path where their only game away from Wembley will be a potential quarter-final match in Rome.
Home comforts should certainly help Sterling, who grew up in the shadow of the Wembley arch and is proving to be England’s game-changer.
How unlike the 2014 and 2018 World Cups, and Euro 2016, when Sterling was unable to find the net.
This time, it was his goal that also clinched the opening win over Croatia.
The Manchester City player is stepping up as 2018 World Cup Golden Boot winner Harry Kane endures a barren run in front of goal.
Kane at least managed his first shot on target of Euro 2020 against the Czechs after failing to do so against Croatia and in the 0-0 draw with Scotland.
“We kept the ball better today and there were more attacking options, ” said Sterling, who also chipped goalkeeper Tomas Vaclik but hit the post in the opening minutes. – AP