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Raheem Sterling hits hat-trick as England thrash Czech Republic 5-0 in Euro 2020 qualifier

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England made the perfect start to their Euro 2020 qualifying campaign as Raheem Sterling's hat-trick inspired them to a 5-0 win over the Czech Republic at Wembley. 

Sterling opened the scoring midway through the first half before Harry Kane doubled the lead from the spot moments before the break.  

The Man City forward then completed his hat-trick in the second half with a fantastic finish from inside the box and a long-range deflected shot.

An own-goal from Tomas Kalas capped off the 5-0 win.

The win gives Gareth Southgate's side a perfect start to their qualifying campaign and means they sit top of Group A.  

The first 20 minutes were rather quiet as England's youthful team grew into the game. But in the 23rd minute, the hosts burst into life.

Kane split three defenders with a through ball to Jadon Sancho, who cut in from the right wing and fired a ball across the box. 

Sterling did very well to get on the end of it and tap into an empty net. With that, The Three Lions took control of the game.

Their domination paid off in added time of the first half, with Kane making it 2-0 from the penalty spot.

Sterling won the spot-kick after he was body-checked bursting between two defenders inside the box.

The captain stepped up and made no mistake, smashing the ball into the net. Czech Republic goalkeeper Jiri Pavlenka will feel he could have done better though, getting a hand to the effort. 

The visiting side made a bright start to the second period, with Tomas Soucek flicking a diving header inches wide of Jordan Pickford's goal inside 51 minutes. 

England weathered the early second-half storm and had a third on the hour. Kyle Walker set it up after his attempted pass ricocheted off two defenders and fell to Sterling inside the box.

The forward did very well to control the ball and with his back to goal, spun around and clipped an effort into the net. 

With 22 minutes left, Sterling completed his hat-trick. He picked the ball up outside of the box and let fly. His effort took a wicked deflection and flew into the net, giving Pavlenka no chance. 

It's his first treble in an England shirt.

To top of a brilliant night at Wembley, youngsters Declan Rice and Callum Hudson-Odoi also made their senior debuts as England thrashed the Czech Republic. 

And it was Hudson-Odoi who's work caused the fifth goal - his shot was saved well by the goalkeeper but as he palmed it out, the ball hit Tomas Kalas and bounced into the empty net. 

It was very comfortable in the end for England and it seems that Southgate's side have picked off from where they left off last year. 

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