Euro 2020: England top Group D as Scotland crash out

England have finished top of Group D after beating Czech Republic, while Scotland have crashed out of Euro 2020 following a defeat to Croatia on Tuesday evening.

Gareth Southgate’s side needed a win at Wembley to top the group and Raheem Sterling’s header from close range in the first half was enough to secure a 1-0 victory.

Scotland, meanwhile, needed a victory to secure their place in the last 16 and were given hope when Callum McGregor’s goal in the first half cancelled out Nikola Vlasic’s opener at Hampden Park.

But a stunning strike from Luka Modric in the 62nd minute put Croatia back in front before Ivan Perisic’s goal with 13 minutes remaining secured a 3-1 win for the visitors.

The results mean that England now face a tough test in the knockout phase as they will play the second-placed team in Group F, which could be any one of Portugal, France, Germany or Hungary.

Croatia’s win secured them second place in Group D, while Czech Republic are also through to the knockout phase with their third-placed finish.

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Speaking about the prospect of England’s tough last-16 match, Sterling told ITV: ‘The most important thing was to win the group. It is tournament football and it will be difficult but we need to do what we are doing.

‘At some point you have to face the best teams. It is about challenging yourselves.’

Jack Grealish and Bukayo Saka were handed their first starts of the tournament for England and they both delivered impressive performances in a comfortable win at Wembley.

‘It is brilliant to have these players around you who can create goals. Different players are needed for different games and those two that came in were massive and did what they needed to do.

‘If you don’t concede goals you win football matches. You just need to score at the other end. People were disappointed in the Scotland game a few days ago but we didn’t concede.’

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