England kick-started their Euro 2020 qualifying campaign with an emphatic 5-0 victory over the Czech Republic on Friday evening.
Raheem Sterling stole the show by netting a superb hat-trick, while a Harry Kane penalty and a Tomas Kalas own goal added gloss to the scoreline for the Three Lions.
Gareth Southgate’s men have now won all four of their post-2018 World Cup matches and will aim to make it five victories from five away in Montenegro on Monday night.
England’s latest win must have tasted particularly sweet for Harry Maguire, who played the full 90 minutes at Wembley.
The Leicester City defender was picked out by Matej Vydra as England’s weak link in the build-up to the match - a statement which ended up backfiring on the Czech Republic striker.
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"Kane is top, [Marcus] Rashford as well, Sterling is in a great form,” Vydra was quoted as saying by Sky Sports on Thursday. “The attack is very strong. Defence, I don't say it's not strong as well, but it's not as strong as the attack.
"For example, Maguire. We talked about him at Burnley before we played against Leicester. In some moments it seems he doesn't know what's happening behind him, that's why he got a red card after five minutes in the match against Burnley.”
Vydra was always tempting fate by singling out an opponent like that, and he ended up paying the price.
Not only were his team thrashed in London but he also found himself left in a heap after coming on at the start of the second half by, who else, Maguire.
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As the Guardian’s Dominic Fifield tweeted after the incident, you can only imagine Maguire loved putting in that particular challenge.
In his celebratory post-match tweet, Maguire also used a screenshot of the incident, adding: “Job done ✅Professional performance from the lads. Congrats to @sterling7 on the hat trick 🔥🏴🦁 #ThreeLions”
Although he didn’t mention the Vydra challenge on Twitter, he did in his post-match interview.
“5-0, clean sheet. If it was from someone I looked up to or respected I’d take it in my stride,” Maguire was quoted as saying by commentator Nigel Adderley, “but from someone who started on the bench it’s quite incredible really considering we’ve come off the back of a World Cup semi final.
“I’ll do my talking on the pitch.”
Well said, Harry.