Euro 2020 qualifying: Czech Republic v England

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    SMS Message: This may not be England’s best team now, but if this team can keep playing together we’ll be in good shape for the Euros. Glad to see Rice and Mount playing, would’ve liked to see TAA too though. from Jamie in Bournemouth

    This may not be England’s best team now, but if this team can keep playing together we’ll be in good shape for the Euros. Glad to see Rice and Mount playing, would’ve liked to see TAA too though.

  2. Uncertainty over the defence?

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    Ian Dennis

    Radio 5 live senior football reporter

    The last time England played this formation (4-2-3-1) was two years ago against Slovenia. You talk about the defence, this is the 14th straight game that Southgate has changed the backline.

    I’m still not convinced that Michael Keane, despite starting five of the last seven games, will be the man alongside Harry Maguire.

  3. CR700 incoming?

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    Cristiano Ronaldo could reach a significant milestone tonight.

    If the Juventus forward scores twice against Luxembourg in Lisbon he will reach 700 goals for club and country.

    He would become only the sixth footballler in history to reach this landmark:

    1. Josef Bican (Austria/Czech Republic) – 805 goals

    2. Romario (Brazil) – 772

    3. Pele (Brazil) – 767

    4. Ferenc Puskas (Hungary) – 746

    5. Gerd Muller (Germany) – 735

    6. Cristiano Ronaldo (Portugal) – 698


    Get Involved – who has the best front three in world football?

    Francis Edwards: No way do England have the best front 3. Sancho isn’t consistent at the moment, Sterling is amazing but Kane has disappointed recently. Brazil, Belgium, Portugal France, Germany and Argentina all have better.

    Stevie Benton: On the topic of front threes, I remember Duff, Robben and Drogba were pretty good, so fluid and exciting (not a Chelsea fan either)

  5. ‘Creating chances the problem’

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    Chris Waddle

    Ex-Tottenham and England winger on BBC Radio 5 Live

    I’ve followed England for a long time and in the main we’ve had really good results but the problem has been creating chances for the front three.

    Our midfield three don’t create or score enough goals normally. Maddison unfortunately didn’t travel due to illness but we do need more from the midfield three.

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    Which was the best lineup? Thumbs up for 2009, thumbs down for 2019.

  7. ‘A quality player’

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    A big chance tonight then for Mason Mount, who was a substitute in last month’s qualifiers with Kosovo and Bulgaria.

    Gareth Southgate claims to have been a big fan of the player for some time.

    Asked what he has made of Mount recently, he said: “Exactly what I thought of him when I saw him at 16 playing for our U16s, he’s a quality player, an intelligent footballer, presses well, has a real eye for goal, good quality.

    “So, nothing I’ve seen surprises me at all. We’ve had him marked as a player from the first time I saw him at St. George’s Park.”

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    Gary Flintoff

    BBC Radio 5 live reporter in Prague

    There is less than 45 minutes to go before kick-off, but
    only a handful of England fans have taken their seats inside the Sinobo

    There are hundreds of flags of St George draped behind one of the
    goals. Curiously, the England fans are behind the goal where the Czech Republic
    have decided to warm up.

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    Best front three you have ever seen?

    Orlando FPL: My Sunday league Front 3 are a nightmare to play against. The thing that gives defenders fits is the fact none of them know what they’re going to do next.

  10. It has been a few years…

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    It has been a while since England last played in Prague, 27 years to be exact.

    The Three Lions went there for a friendly against Czechoslovakia under Graham Taylor and they drew 2-2, Martin Keown grabbing an equaliser with a thunderous strike.

    The last time England won there? Way back in 1908…


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    Ross Cartwright: Don’t get why we need both Henderson AND Rice, but I’m excited to see Sancho and Sterling on the wings!

    Graham Jones: Not the back four I would have gone for. Not adventurous enough and too safe. Should have gone all guns blazing from the off.

  13. Schick to spoil the party?

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    Czech Republic’s dangerman tonight is undoubtedly Patrik Schick.

    The forward has four goals in five qualifiers and has been compared to Zlatan Ibrahimovic. He is currently on loan at RB Leipzig on loan from Roma.


    AHumanAlien: The way Everton are playing, should Pickford and Keane be starting? Also, what does TAA need to do to get a start? Positive, good to see Mount get a start.

    Sean: Still unsure about Rice. Potential… yes! But not seen enough to be convinced by him yet.

  15. Southgate making his plans

    England manager Gareth Southgate has been out to inspect the surface at this compact Sinobo Stadium here in Prague – think St. Mary’s at Southampton and you get the idea.

    Southgate’s faith in Mason Mount is confirmed by giving Chelsea’s talented youngster his first start ahead of team-mate Ross Barkley.

    Everton’s Michael Keane keeps his place in central defence, which will be a relief to him after his poor performance in the 5-3 win against Kosovo at Southampton.

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    Which international team does have the best front three in the world?

    Actually, let’s expand that a bit further and what is the best attack you have seen or been involved in? Why was it so good?

    Let us know via #bbcfootball

  18. Do England have the best front three in world football?

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    A World Cup Golden Boot winner with 130 Premier League goals, the PFA Young Player of the Year averaging a goal or assist every 103 minutes in the top flight and one of European football’s brightest young talents.

    Is there a better front three in world football at the moment than Harry Kane, Raheem Sterling and Jadon Sancho?

    Kane, Sterling and Sancho have scored or assisted 120 goals between them in the Premier League, Bundesliga and for England since the start of last season.

    Can anyone else in the world piece together a better three-man strikeforce? Tom Rostance delved into the statistics to see how the trio compare to some of the best in the world. Read more and vote here but hurry, voting closes at 19:00 BST.

  19. A first start for Mount

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    England boss Gareth Southgate makes three changes to the side that beat Kosovo last month.

    Chelsea midfielder Mason Mount is rewarded for his fine start to the season by being given his first Three Lions start in place of club team-mate Ross Barkley.

    The other two changes are at full-back where Kieran Trippier comes in for Trent Alexander-Arnold and Danny Rose replaces Ben Chilwell.

    Czech Republic XI: Vaclik, Coufal, Celustka, Brabec, Boril, Soucek, Kral, Masopust, Darida, Jankto, Schick.

    England XI: Pickford, Trippier, Keane, Maguire, Rose, Rice,
    Henderson, Mount, Sancho, Sterling, Kane.

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    This is how it looks in England’s group. Gareth Southgate’s side will secure their place at Euro 2020 with a win because they will go six points above the Czechs, who will have two games left, with a better head-to-head record.

    England then visit Bulgaria on Monday for their next qualifier.

    The Czech Republic and Kosovo are also battling for a qualification spot, although neither side can secure their place or be eliminated this month

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