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Raheem Sterling seals England’s win over Croatia in Euro 2020 opener


Raheem Sterling celebrates scoring England’s winner against Croatia (UEFA via Getty)

England got off to the perfect start at Euro 2020 as Raheem Sterling’s goal sealed a 1-0 win against Croatia at Wembley.

Gareth Southgate’s side began brightly in their first Group D match as Phil Foden hit the post in the opening six minutes, but despite their dominance the Three Lions were unable to make a breakthrough before half time.

The hot weather at Wembley will undoubtedly have played a huge factor as both sides struggled to play at a high tempo at the start of the second half.

But England finally found a way past an organised Croatian defence in the 57th minute as Kalvin Philipps’ brilliant driving run and neat pass found Sterling, who smashed his effort past Dominik Livakovic.

Croatia went closest to scoring in the second half through Ante Rebic, but the forward skewed his effort well wide from 12 yards out.

In the other Group D match, Scotland will begin their Euro 2020 campaign against Czech Republic on Monday.

England have secured their first three points at Euro 2020 (Getty)

‘It feels good to score,’ Sterling said after the game.

‘I always said if I played at Wembley at a major tournament I had to score and it’s great to finally do that.

‘There’s a lot of different reasons why I haven’t scored for my club and it’s totally irrelevant now. I’m here with England and I’m enjoying my football. That’s the most important thing.

‘It’s great to get off to a win and now we have other games to look forward to. It’s been a long season for me but I couldn’t wait to get here and get started with England. With England, I knew it would be a positive one.’

England, meanwhile, will play Scotland in their next Group D fixture at Wembley on Friday.

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