England begin their Euro 2020 journey with a victory against Croatia at Wembley
Stadium, Raheem Sterling scored a second-half winner at Wembley. Gareth Southgate’s
men exacted a measure of revenge for their 2018 World Cup semi-final loss to Croatia
thanks to Manchester City winger Sterling’s first goal at a major tournament in the
Raheem Sterling capped the week in which he was made an MBE by scoring the winner
for England in their opening game of Euro 2020 against Croatia.
Sterling latched onto Kalvin Phillips’ through-ball to put the Three Lions ahead in the
57th minute after an evenly-matched first half at Wembley.
Phil Foden went closest to scoring in the first 45 minutes as he struck the post, while
Luka Modric posed a constant threat for the England backline.
But England’s center-half pairing of John Stones and Tyrone Mings kept Croatia at bay
and it was, without doubt, a deserved three points for the Three Lions.
Phillips was his country’s standout performer even before he picked up the match-
winning assist with a gritty performance in a box-to-box midfield role.