Jordan Pickford was in goal and Dominic Calvert-Lewin made a brief entrance as a late substitute as England edged Croatia in their Group D opener at Wembley.
Raheem Sterling scored the only goal of the game, latching onto Kalvin Phillips's smart pass to sweep the ball past Dominik Livaković in the 57th minute.
Croatia introduced ex-Everton midfielder Nikola Vlašić with 20 minutes to go as they chased the game while Gareth Southgate turned to teenager Jude Bellingham for this first attacking change rather than Calvert-Lewin.
However, the Blues' striker did eventually make his European Championships bow when he replaced Harry Kane in the first minute of stoppage time.
Having won a group opener in the competition for the first time in their history, England face Scotland in their next game on Friday.
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1 Posted 13/06/2021 at 17:47:52
He has admitted to seeing someone to help him with the mental side of his game, and he now appears much calmer. He ended the season really well, and he did well for England today. Hes been looking like a proper keeper again for the last 2/3 months, well done to him.
2 Posted 13/06/2021 at 18:15:05
3 Posted 13/06/2021 at 19:10:02
4 Posted 13/06/2021 at 19:33:59
5 Posted 13/06/2021 at 20:26:39
Im backing him to have a ‘Pickford v Colombia moment and be the match winner somewhere down the line. That will hopefully boost Evertons profile a bit to attract players this summer, or at the very least add a few million to his value.
6 Posted 13/06/2021 at 20:49:42
On the occasions the England defence did put him into situations, he was alert, proactive and commanding of his box.
Although he won't get the plaudits, one of England's best performers today.
7 Posted 14/06/2021 at 01:35:05
Calvin Phillips clear MotM, most alright, Croatia generally well contained to the point that even Kyle Walker passing the ball to no one three times when not even under pressure didnt really cause any problems.
8 Posted 14/06/2021 at 01:43:16
Fair point. I had Phillips as MOTM even with having stepped outside and missed his assist for the goal. Old Platt. Never really got found out until he went to Arsenal. Not prolific enough to be a striker, not all around talented enough to be a midfielder. Kind of like Tim Cahill without the heart.
9 Posted 14/06/2021 at 01:47:07
Yeah I was thinking about Stones but the same applies to Pickford: comfortable. Neither one was greatly tested but they did what they needed to do with ease. I guess for the manager thats ideal, your center halves and goalie arent forced to do the spectacular because everyone else did their job so well. Of course The Mirror had to turn a positive into a negative with a David James article praising Pickford in the context that he has matured SINCE he maimed VVD.
10 Posted 14/06/2021 at 06:45:44
One tactical observation I made was how he very much sat back in defence compared to the way he plays for City.
Manager tactics, but interesting to see the difference.
11 Posted 14/06/2021 at 07:42:14
12 Posted 14/06/2021 at 13:34:06
Agree Phillips deserved MotM and pleased for Jordan's display.
13 Posted 14/06/2021 at 17:50:39
14 Posted 14/06/2021 at 17:53:28
I think he might be out of our reach now.
15 Posted 14/06/2021 at 18:14:25
There is certainly no chance of him now leaving his boyhood club for a lower placed team - especially since he's now a starter for England. If he leaves Leeds it'll be for City, Chelsea, the RS or (much less likely given the rivalry) Man Utd. The most likely thing is that he stays put at the core of a well run club.
16 Posted 14/06/2021 at 21:12:20
17 Posted 15/06/2021 at 12:38:37
You are being ironic right?
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