Having booked their place in this summer’s UEFA Nations League Finals, England kick off their UEFA Euro 2020 qualifying campaign against Czech Republic at Wembley Stadium.
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England will be without a host of regulars including Trent Alexander-Arnold, who pulled out with a back injury.
John Stones (groin), Luke Shaw (knock), Fabian Delph (knock), Ruben Loftus-Cheek (back) and Marcus Rashford (ankle) are also ruled out for this round of international fixtures.
Their absence therefore means that James Ward-Prowse and Callum Hudson-Odoi have been called up into the senior squad.
Czech Republic will be without goalkeeper Tomas Vaclik due to an abdominal muscle injury.
Captain, Borek Dockal is a doubt with a calf injury but could recover to feature in attacking midfield.
- England are yet to lose to Czech Republic but this is the first competitive meeting between both teams (W1, D1).
- England are on a 39 match qualifier winning run across both World Cup and Euros since losing 1-0 to Ukraine in October 2009 (W28, D11).
- Czech Republic have won three of their last four in which Patrik Schick has scored, only losing to Ukraine in September in their opening Nations League clash.
- Under Gareth Southgate. England’s only home loss came against Spain in September (W10, D4, L1).
- England are unbeaten in 12 competitive fixtures this century held during March (W10, D2).
Czech Republic do have decent players who can cause issues when attacking but this is a solid all round England side, who will be difficult to stop despite various absentees.
I therefore am going for a comfortable home win here because this youthful Three Lions are definitely roaring with talent, which will be too much for the Czech’s defence to handle.
Prediction: England 2-0 Czech Republic
Result: England 5-0 Czech Republic