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Rice hooked as England down Soucek and Coufal’s boys

Declan Rice was taken off at half time as England beat the Czech Republic 1-0 in their final Euro 2020 group game on Tuesday night.

The Hammers ace started the game alongside Leeds’ Kalvin Phillips in midfield but he was substituted at half-time, to be replaced by Liverpool captain Jordan Henderson.

Henderson was making his first appearance at the tournament, having missed the encounters with Croatia and Scotland, and it is the first time that Rice has been subbed in the three games.

Of course, Gareth Southgate’s men knew they were through before kick-off, and they were only playing for the right to win the group.

England did just that thanks to Raheem Sterling’s header in the first half, from Jack Grealish’s cross.

It means that the Three Lions finish top and will play the runners-up in the Group of Death; that will either be France, Germany, Portugal or Hungary.

The Czechs, with Soucek and Coufal in the team, have finished third in the group but are nailed on to be going through as one of the best third-placed teams, as they have four points.

Croatia’s 3-1 win over Scotland in the other game ensured that the Czechs finished third rather than second, knocking out the other home nations side.

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2 comments on “Rice hooked as England down Soucek and Coufal’s boys

  1. Shame about Czechia. Well done England.

  2. Should’ve taken one J. Lingard. With Ings not available and Rashford AWOL who else have England got? Probably right to hook Rice for Henderson. Defensively good apart from a couple of pinball moments. 2nd half was just to see out the win. They have a week off to prepare for whoever we face.

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