Everton duo play in England romp over Czech Republic

Friday, 22 March, 2019 42comments  |  Jump to last
Jordan Pickford and Michael Keane were in the England team that thrashed the Czech Republic 5-0 at Wembley this evening.

The Blues' duo played the full 90 minutes as Raheem Sterling scored his first international hat-trick and Gareth Southgate's men got their Euro2020 qualifying campaign off to an impressive start.

Harry Kane scored from the penalty spot and a Tomas Kalas own-goal completed the rout.

England face Montenegro in Podgorica on Monday in their next game.


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Alan J Thompson
1 Posted 23/03/2019 at 02:39:42
Everton also had four playing for England U-21s with another on the bench the other night.
Dave Long
2 Posted 23/03/2019 at 03:25:32
Yerry Mina played in Colombia's 1-0 versus Japan last night. Looked decent, no injuries hopefully.

Dave Long, EFC Japan correspondent.

Duncan McDine
3 Posted 23/03/2019 at 07:25:49
For the first time in my adult life, England look like an exciting team, playing some excellent free flowing football. All 3 of our lads did well (I still count Ross as one of ours, despite most Blues hating his guts!!). While it’s nice to see the national team play like this, it would be infinitely more satisfying to see Everton do it!
Tony Everan
4 Posted 23/03/2019 at 07:43:00
Well done to Pickford and Keane, 4 clean sheets in their last 5 matches deserves a mention.

There is plenty of room for improvement for the pair, but well done for recent performances. (except that 30-minute Keystone Cops episode against Newcastle).

John Boswell
5 Posted 23/03/2019 at 08:32:00
Duncan @3,

Oh yes, my thoughts exactly!

Colin Glassar
6 Posted 23/03/2019 at 09:13:22
Same here, Duncan. All three of them seemed to be enjoying themselves.
Brian Harrison
7 Posted 23/03/2019 at 11:08:54
There will be a lot sterner tests than the Czech Republic, but you can only beat what's in front of you. You have to admire Southgate in the way he has changed the perspective of how the England team is now viewed. He is not afraid to throw youngsters in, and I think fans like this boldness.

Now whether its right that Hudson-Odoi gets an England cap before actually starting a game for Chelsea, I am not sure, but there is no question he is talented. I wonder what Lookman thinks when he sees Sanchez and Hudson-Odoi in the full England side, and whether it strengthens his resolve to get his move to Leipzig to push his claims for an England place.

The defence didn't have a lot to do last night so a fairly comfortable night for Pickford and Keane. I have to say, I was for the first time impressed with Jordan Henderson, he was always looking to up the tempo and move the ball quickly. I don't think Kane or Alli were anywhere near their best but, if you win 5-0 and 2 of your players aren't at the top of their game, then that's no bad thing.

Funny Southgate really didn't impress me much as a club manager but he really seems to have found his feet at International football. He seems to have got the mix of youth and experience spot on. Also, I think the fact that all the different age groups that won their World Cups is starting to bear fruit. No wonder the top German teams are trying to snap up all these talented players from these age groups.

Martin Mason
8 Posted 23/03/2019 at 11:15:51
For the first time in decades, England have some world-class players, especially in Sterling and Kane. Kane is the total centre-forward in his goals, his tracking back to defend, his penalties and laying off balls as assists.

I read that he gives his England fee to charity, that is amazing. Very good to be an English fan at the moment. If the Everton revival could only start but I genuinely see it coming.

Tom Bowers
9 Posted 23/03/2019 at 11:47:43
You can't do anymore than thrash a poor team like the Czech Republic who quite honestly sought to play a totally negative defensive game and ran out of puff conceding so much possession to England that even made Henderson look good.
There will be tougher tests but not in this group.
Mark Murphy
10 Posted 23/03/2019 at 12:29:18
Brian @7
I would prefer if it would drive Lookman to push his claims for an Everton place! Whatever he is or isn’t doing at Finch Farm he needs to sort out and show Silva what he can add. If Walcott is ahead of Lookman in the pecking order there is something amiss!
Jay Harris
11 Posted 23/03/2019 at 13:51:33
Good and emphatic result no matter how good or bad the opposition is.

Keane and Pickford both did well as did the youngsters in the U21 game.

It was interesting to see Kieran Dowell playing in a holding MF position and doing very well.

Shades of Sheeds.

Andrew Laird
12 Posted 23/03/2019 at 14:48:30
A great result, Sterling was immense. I think Southgate got a little bit lucky with the Dier injury which forced him into a bolder team selection and made England far more free flowing with Barkley looking forwards.

Playing Henderson next to Dier (in any game, but especially) at home vs Czech Republic reeks of far too much caution, and it seems is Southgates one unshakable blind spot which might prevent this talented, fearless group from progressing. No need for 2 oggs, one will do Gareth!

Geoff Trenner
13 Posted 23/03/2019 at 16:16:50
Seamus winning his 50th cap today, captaining ROI against the mighty Gibraltar
Christy Ring
14 Posted 23/03/2019 at 16:17:34
It seems Digne injured his hamstring in training, and didn't play for France last night. He must be a doubt for the West Ham game, and Baines isn't up to it anymore.
Jay Wood

15 Posted 23/03/2019 at 16:34:16
Christy, I'm curious.

Mick McCarthy was a bit sniffy towards Everton last week because James McCarthy didn't go out on loan in January to get game time.

As you follow James closely and with your Irish connection, I wonder why James isn't as much on the bench for Ireland today, never mind in the starting XI.

I find it strange, given the manager's words. Unless Mick is mimicking Marco Silva and now recognizing James is still some way short of being match fit.

Don't tell me he left the squad early due to injury again, poor lad!

Genuinely curious what's happened as I thought he HAD joined the squad.

Christy Ring
16 Posted 23/03/2019 at 17:03:02
Jay @15, Macca was in the squad of 34, but didn't make the cut. Mick said he couldn't pick him because he had no game time, and not match fit. That's why he had a go at Silva, if he wasn't giving him a game, why didn't he let him go on loan in January. The sad thing is, he's probably spot on, because he more or less admitted he would be one of the first names on the team sheet.
Colin Glassar
17 Posted 23/03/2019 at 17:05:05
Gareth Southgate has restored my interest in the national team for the first time since the days of Terry Venables. Hoddle showed promise until the rags forced him out then came the dark days of Keegan, fucking Sven, Capello et al...

For years I hated the old boys network that chose players from 2-3 teams and, in many cases, out of position. Thank you Gareth and I’m still trying to convince the missus he’s not the same fella who does that choir series on the telly.

Jay Wood

18 Posted 23/03/2019 at 17:23:39
Thanks Christy. I thought it strange he doesn't feature in the 24 players named for today's game.

I didn't realise Mick called up 34 players originally before trimming it and James didn't make the final cut.

That kinda confirms he remains well short of being match fit, sadly.

Sam Hoare
19 Posted 23/03/2019 at 17:23:44
Christy@14, yes saw that about Digne. Hope he’s not out for long. Think Kenny could do a decent job there or maybe even Zouma at a stretch? But Digne is probably out POTY at this point and will be missed.
Jay Wood

20 Posted 23/03/2019 at 17:36:26
Currently watching Brazil v v Panama - the team England tanked 6-1 @ the WC.

Pretty much the first time Richarlison and Firmino have played together for Brazil. Usually, it's been one or the other playing centrally.

Today, Firmino is taking up that role and Richarlison is wide right - VERY wide right. He is really hugging the touchline.

He is also seeing a lot of the ball as his flank appears to be Brazil's preferred avenue of attack.

He's playing well...but it's taken Brazil 30 minutes to score the first goal. I think England was 4-0 in their game in that time.

Colin Grierson
21 Posted 23/03/2019 at 18:49:20
I was at the U21s game on Thursday night. Kenny, Dowell, Lookman and DCL started.
Kenny played well, particularly offensively, and but for a great save from the Polish keeper would have scored a belter from 25 yards.
DCL missed a 1:1 with the keeper and then found space in the box for a tap in. He played well overall and held the ball up very well.
Dowell was pulling the strings as playmaker on front of the defence and his range of passing was good.
Lookman had some good 'moments' but lacked ideas to get through what was a tight, well organised Polish defence. They scored a beauty from a free kick (No wall though!!!)
Davies came on late on and added a bit of energy.
Good game with 2000 Poles in attendance, flares and all. 25,000 in attendance. Not bad for an U21 game!
Dave Abrahams
22 Posted 23/03/2019 at 19:14:15
Colin (21), that was some save Jonjoe made, heading the ball away from the goal at speed, and finishing in the back of the net himself, saving a certain goal.
Mike Gaynes
23 Posted 23/03/2019 at 19:21:47
Christy #14, Baines is still very much up to it. He played superbly in his last two appearances.
Andy Meighan
24 Posted 23/03/2019 at 19:49:59
'I can't believe some on here are going over the top about England. As seen in the World Cup, when they come up against anyone half-decent, they inevitably come up short. And, in all honesty, I could have played in goal instead of Pickford last night because the Czechs were absolutely awful.

I see the press going apeshit about Southgate as well. Deluded clowns. Let's see how hed fare at club management. My guess is not very well.

Darren Hind
25 Posted 23/03/2019 at 19:59:40
Agreed Mike, but Christy has a point too.

Bainsey is at the age when he can no longer be 100% sure if his body will be in the mood when he wakes up.

My favorite player. When his stars are aligned, he is still a proper proper footballer

Colin Grierson
26 Posted 23/03/2019 at 20:03:42
Grammar police, Dave?
Dave Abrahams
27 Posted 23/03/2019 at 20:45:56
Colin (26), “ Grammar police Dave?”, don’t get what you mean, I was talking about the save Jonjo made with head just as it was going in England’s net, I was praising Kenny, not having a go at anyone.
Derek Thomas
28 Posted 23/03/2019 at 00:19:00
I promised myself never to get sucked in to the Ingurland stuff again, I've seen them start off in many qualifiers with a hiss and a roar only to fade out, usually on penalties...to the Germans, when the going gets tough...*checks calendar; yep, its March,'In like (3?) a lion, out like a Lahm.'

Baines will be OK for the odd game, it's the persistant Sat. Wed. Sat. Wed. That would do for him.

The way to handle it in your mid 30s is put in all the work you can pre-season and, baring serious injury obviously, just play your games - they become your day by day fitness work, that time you used to spend training...or as Bobby Charlton put it, knackering myself out chasing 18year olds around the training ground...is just about recovery and keeping loose.

This attitude of course requires some degree of enlightenment, from all concerned, Player, Coaches and above all, Team Mates.

Simon Smith
29 Posted 24/03/2019 at 08:05:35
Andy 24,

Always has to be one miserable post!!

Dave Evans
30 Posted 24/03/2019 at 09:59:00
Andy 24,

How do you get through a day?

George Stuart
31 Posted 24/03/2019 at 11:39:21
I have consistently been a detractor of Raheem Sterling. I have thought him to have possessed the first touch of a blind elephant, the useless shot of, well, me for an example. No footballing brain.
George Stuart
32 Posted 24/03/2019 at 11:44:09
But blistering pace.

I don't know if he has improved/matured in the current season. I have been unable to see him often. One thing I do know though he has had the career nouse to leave Liverpool for a bigger club. : ^)

Float that notion at your local watering hole.
Everton content? Ross Barkley is a product of the Everton youth system. He missed the classes upon... well, class.

Brian Murray
35 Posted 24/03/2019 at 12:21:28
Well, George, let's hope sterling has a finale to remember in May. The alternative will change my quality of life forever and probably your own. We would never hear the end of it. Haven't we suffered enough??
David Ellis
36 Posted 24/03/2019 at 16:11:32
Andy 24 - Always lose against the top sides??? After the World Cup this England team improved further and got past Spain and Croatia in the Nations Cup and are again in the semifinals. This is nothing like the so called “golden generation “ era of shoe horning Stevie G and Lamps into the side. The energy, ego and enthusiasm of this team is totally different. Hence the hype.
Sam Morrison
37 Posted 24/03/2019 at 22:03:11
I was at Ashton Gate for the England Poland U21 game. Kieran Dowell sat deep in midfield and was spraying passes around looking very accomplished, albeit Poland didn't exactly employ a high press.

Calvert-Lewin did some decent hold-up play and also scored; Lookman had some moments but for me seemed a bit reactive. I was most impressed with Jonjoe Kenny, defended diligently and also got forward a lot.

Minik Hansen
38 Posted 25/03/2019 at 15:56:24
Jay #20 I think Panama are more motivated against teams around their continent? You should know more than me. Could it be, that historically England has been a powerhouse and they were too causious playing against them at the time? Just a thought.
Jay Wood

39 Posted 25/03/2019 at 17:00:25
No Minik. Brazil were crap on the day. They are getting slaughtered by Brazilian media.

First goal Panama has scored against Brazil, EVER!

Our boy Richarlison did okay. Plenty others didn't. It was really, really strange watching a Brazilian side lumping hopeful balls from deep against a packed defence rather than play through them as you would expect.

Interestingly, there will be another barometer by which to measure this Brazilian side against England on Tuesday: they play the Czechs who England tanked 5-0 on Friday.

Minik Hansen
40 Posted 25/03/2019 at 19:01:48
Jay - I see. First goal ever is something though isn't it, like when we lost to Watford this season first time ever (do I remember correctly?).

Yes, interesting against the Czechs, then if Richarlison did ok overall, they'll let him play again? I wonder, if Richarlison play along side Firmino, is it like when Gerrard played with Baines in England, it seemed like he would NEVER pass the ball to Baines..

I will have to watch the highlights tomorrow then.

Lev Vellene
41 Posted 25/03/2019 at 20:18:32
Nice equalizer by Keane in the Montenegro game! Free-kick and in the right place. Hah, and not long after that Pickford saved and HELD a shot! A very nice evening so far. I think that was a free-kick taken by Barkley, by the way! And Barkley gets the second goal for England. Happy for the kid (takes shelter...)!
Lev Vellene
42 Posted 25/03/2019 at 20:53:19
As the commentators in the Montenegro - England game just mentioned, 8 of the England players on the pitch were actually eligible for the U21 National Team... Everton are a year or two behind, fingers crossed for the future if we can get our youngsters working properly in time!
Lev Vellene
44 Posted 25/03/2019 at 21:19:47
Barkley, Sterling, Kane for the fourth England goal! Looks like a good day for Barkley!

I still hate the delayed transfer and loss of signing fee + free treatment, but there's local stuff I don't know personally about, I guess. So I don't hate him personally. Good to see a childhood Blue do good! And sorry for Walters, another young player who couldn't stay with us at the time!

Lev Vellene
45 Posted 25/03/2019 at 21:36:07
Behind early on, maybe MS should show this match to his players? It's embarrassing how we have no guts for a fight-back and knuckle-down kind of game!

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