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England reached the knockout stages of Euro 2020 by beating Czech Republic but Gareth Southgate’s side are far from impressing on the attacking end

 

England reached the knockout stages of Euro 2020 with a 1-0 win over Czech Republic that saw Gareth Southgate’s side top Group D.

 

Despite the recent defensive success though, going forward the Three Lions accumulated 0.00(xG) in the second half of the game last night, according to the xG Philosophy.

An expected goals of zero means that the Three Lions failed to create any sort of chance in the second half after impressing early on in the match.

 

With the amount of attacking talent and creativity Southgate has to choose from, fans certainly expect more on the offensive end.

England created a few good chances in the first half, including Raheem Sterling’s goal and shot that came off the post, as well as Harry Kane’s one-on-one, but failed to kill the game off with a second goal.

 

Sterling scored the only goal of the game once again after the Man City winger headed home a cross from Jack Grealish, who finally got his first start due to Chelsea’s Mason Mount self-isolating.

It takes Sterling’s tally to two for the tournament, scoring England’s only goals so far to conclude a dull, but ultimately successful, group stage.

Raheem Sterling has scored both of England’s goals so far this tournament.


Southgate’s side are also yet to concede a goal in the competition, recording three successive clean sheets to finish on seven points from a maximum of nine.

The last time England made it through to the knockout stages of a major tournament without conceding was in 1966, a memorable year for the nation.

Fans will be hoping the Three Lions can step up offensively when it matters in the round of 16, where a tough match against France, Germany or Portugal awaits.


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