England start their Euro 2020 journey with the qualification round as they face Czech in the 1st match at Wembley Stadium, in London, England, on Friday night (IST).
What competition it is? UEFA Euro Qualifiers
Teams: England and Czech Republic
Kick Off: Saturday 23 March
Match Timing: 01:15 AM (IST)
Where the game is played? Wembley Stadium (90,000)
England are on the cusp of something great. The evolution has already started, the seeds were sown in Russia last summer, and now the time is right to nurture the belief and build something great.
For some English football fans, this feeling of ‘heightened expectations’ is a familiar one. They are well aware of how the talent only or the success at the club level don’t necessarily bring the best out of the football stars.
The term ‘golden generation’ was pitched a million times when the likes of Steven Gerrard, Frank Lampard, Ashley Cole, David Beckham, Paul Scholes, Gary Neville, and Michale Owen, to name a few, used to represent the Three Lions. And you wouldn’t argue against that tag as individually those sets of players were at par with most of their contemporaries.
But the national shirt failed to bring the best out of that golden generation as a collective unit. They failed, again and again, falling to the depths of obscurity in big games and tournament.
However, Gareth Southgate’s team evoke a different feeling. Their unexpected long journey in Russia is the reason for much optimism around the English football team. But the biggest factor in that regard is that England boast one of the youngest sides in Europe, which in time will get only better and better.
While the Czech Republic are the complete opposite of what England are doing right now. They once had one of the finest young players and an emerging football powerhouse in the world of football, but they have lost their way.
They haven’t qualified to the FIFA World Cup since 2006 and were eliminated in the group stages of Euro 2016. The era of Petr Cech, Tomas Rosicky, Pavel Nedved, and Milan Baros is long gone.
Therefore, manger Jaroslav Silhavy has a big job to revive the fortunes of the Czech in the football world.
Securing a place in the Euro 2020 will be a big step forward in that regard and something which they should do considering the group they are in. Silhavy’s men are carrying the “best of the rest” tag in the group behind England and should finish 2nd in the group.
Recent form (Last six matches)
England –L W D W W W
Czech Republic – L W L W L W
ENG vs CZR Dream11 TEAM NEWS: Injuries and Suspensions
England vs Czech Republic Team News:
Injured – The squad Gareth Southgate named for the upcoming two games is not the same as some of the stars had to pull out due to their injuries. Luke Shaw, John Stones, Fabian Delph, and Ruben Loftus-Cheek have all returned to their club. While Trent-Alexander Arnold also pulled out of the squad due to an ankle injury.
While the biggest setback is Marcus Rashford also withdrew from England’s squad due to an ankle injury.
Suspended – None.
Questionable – Midfielder Jordan Henderson missed Liverpool’s last game against Fulham due to an ankle injury he suffered in the 2nd leg against Bayern Munich. He remains questionable.
Note: Harry Kane is expected to lead the line for the Three Lions, while Raheem Sterling should provide a more attacking threat from the wings. If Henderson fails to recover from his injury, Declan Rice is a good option in the midfield. While there is Eric Dier but he has had a stop-start season for Tottenham Hotspur.
Key Players – Harry Kane, Marcus Rashford
Injured – As for the Czech Republic, Tomas Vaclik is the only injury casualty at the moment.
Suspended – None.
Questionable – Borek Dockal is carrying a knock and will be assessed ahead of the match.
Note: With the first-choice goalkeeper Tomas vaclik out, either of Jiri Pavlenka or Tomas Koubek will be asked to deputize between the posts.
Versatile defender Theodor Gebre Selassie, who can play anywhere at the back, is expected to play as a left-back, while Matej Vydra should come on the right wing. While captain Borek Dockal is doubt and if that remains the case, Hertha Berlin’s Vladimir Darida is expected to fill-in.
Key Players – Schick, Pavelka, Dockal
ENG vs CZR Dream11 Playing 11 – (Probable) –
England– Pickford (GK), Walker, Keane, Maguire, Chilwell, Barkley, Rice, Alli, Sancho, Sterling, Keane
Czech Republic– Pavlenka (GK), Selassie, Kalas, Celustka, Kaderabek, Soucek, Jankto, Pavelka, Dockal, Vydra, Schick
ENG vs CZR Dream11 FANTASY TEAM:
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England are favorites to win the group as well as the match.
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