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How did England perform in Group D in the European Championship warm-up rounds?


How did England perform in Group D in the European Championship warm-up rounds?

England walking towards victory

The Three Lions continued their victories with a comfortable 1-0 victory over Romania. England had plenty of good chances and hit the crossbar twice, while Jordan Henderson missed a penalty.

However, Marcus Rashford made no such mistake, hitting the ball from 12 yards to give Southgate the win and make it two-of-two in their preliminaries.

But how do fellow participants in Group D communicate?

Czech Republic:

The Czech Republic struggled in their first warm-up match before the European Championships 2020. Against the Black Horses in the championship Italy, they were powerless to stop the Azurri from causing a riot, and eventually came away with a 4-0 victory.

The Czech was suspended in the first quarter of the game, but Ciro Immobile broke the deadlock in the 23rd minute, pressing the ball into the near post from eight yards away. Superb midfielder Nico Parilla added the second goal three minutes before the end of the first half with the help of a massive deflection.

The Czech Republic made little in the 90 minutes, and Lorenzo Insigne penalized some poor defense to score Italy’s third goal after the hour. Insigne again took part in the fourth goal, sweeping defenders off Domenico Berardi before finding the Sassuolo winger, who quietly raised the ball over the dashing goalkeeper.

Even more surprising for Premier League fans is how easy it is to find space behind right-back Vladimir Koval. The West Ham full-back has been the shining light for his side this season, but he suffered from a scorching evening at the hands of Lorenzo Insigne, with three of Italy’s four goals scored on the other side.

That could be something England and the other teams in the group are looking to target this summer.

The Czech Republic has another game ahead of its opening group game against Scotland, with the team set to face Albania on Tuesday night. It would be great to see how they act against an opponent without the caliber of Italy.


One of England’s oldest competitors, Scotland impressed in two international friendlies before the tournament. They tied a powerful Netherlands side 2-2 in the middle of the week, with only a late goal from Memphis Depay preventing them from exiting with an impressive win.

In a second, more tender match, the Scots took small Luxembourg. It was a lot less juvenile than their match against orange, The Scotsman took the lead in the 27th minute through Southampton striker Che Adams. Who slid the ball under the fast goalkeeper.

The match was made easier after half an hour when central defender Vahid Salimovic was sent off to Luxembourg after Lyndon Dykes slipped on the edge of the penalty area.

The resulting free kick was fired over the bar, and the Scots also hit the post on their way to a comfortable victory.

Scotland are hoping to finish the tournament better, as they failed to take a number of good opportunities.


Unlike Scotland, Croatia struggled in their friendlies ahead of Euro 2020.

The 2018 World Cup finalists are tall and seem to lack an invention beyond Luka Modric’s silk.

This fact was evident when they played a stunning 1-1 draw against Armenia, not thanks to their lackluster performance in front of goal.

In their second and final friendly match before facing England on Sunday, Croatia traveled to Brussels to face No. 1 seed Belgium.

It was another easy performance by Dalic, whose first shot on target didn’t come until the second minute of stoppage time in the second half.

Romelu Lukaku scored the only goal of the match, but would consider himself unlucky to have not scored a hat-trick, as the Inter Milan striker hit the crossbar in the first half before heading straight for Levakovic in the second.

Heading into the group stage, then, Gareth Southgate’s side are the only team to score two wins in pre-tournament friendlies, despite Scotland remaining undefeated. All of this makes for a great Group D fight over the coming weeks.

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This article has been edited by
Josh Parker.


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