UEFA EURO - 2019/21 SeasonMatch press kits
|Czech Republic||Wembley Stadium - LondonTuesday 22 June 2021|
21.00CET (20.00 local time) Group D - Matchday 3
Having each earned a home win when they were paired together in qualifying, the stakes are even higher as Czech Republic and England meet again in the final round of UEFA EURO 2020 Group D matches.
• The two qualifying contests between the teams proved to be contrasting affairs. England eased to a 5-0 victory at Wembley in their opening fixture on 22 March 2019, Raheem Sterling scoring a hat-trick and Harry Kane also on target from the penalty spot. A late Tomáš Kalas own goal completed the Czech Republic's heaviest defeat as an independent nation. The match featured England debuts for substitutes Declan Rice and Callum Hudson-Odoi.
• England looked set for another straightforward evening when Kane struck, again from the spot, after five minutes of the reverse fixture at Prague's Eden Arena on 11 October 2019, but Jakub Brabec levelled five minutes later with his first international goal before substitute Zdeněk Ondrášek marked his international debut with an 85th-minute winner.
• That was the Czech Republic's first victory against England, who had only lost twice in 13 games against Czecholsovakia, most recently 2-1 in Bratislava in October 1975.
• That result came in qualifying for the 1976 UEFA European Championship; England had won the home game 3-0 at Wembley but it was the Czechoslovakians who went on to reach the four-team final tournament and, ultimately, were crowned European champions.
• While this is their first meeting at a EURO finals, England and Czechoslovakia were twice drawn together in the group stage of the FIFA World Cup, England winning 1-0 in the Mexican city of Guadalajara in 1970 and 2-0 in Bilbao, Spain 12 years later.
• The Czech Republic's away record against England is D1 L2; including their results as Czechoslovakia, they have never won against England in England, drawing only two of their eight contests.
EURO facts: Czech Republic
• The Czech Republic have qualified for every EURO final tournament since Czechoslovakia split in 1993.
• They won the competition as part of Czechoslovakia in 1976 and reached the final in their first appearance as the Czech Republic in 1996, losing to Germany.
• The Czech Republic also reached the semi-finals at UEFA EURO 2004 and the quarter-finals eight years later.
• In 2016, the Czechs finished bottom of their group having picked up one point from three games. Losses to Spain (0-1) and Turkey (0-2) sandwiched a 2-2 draw against Croatia in which the Czechs had rallied from two goals down. That was the only time they had avoided defeat – or found the net – in their last four EURO finals games prior to Matchday 1.
• Jaroslav Šilhavý's charges qualified for UEFA EURO 2020 as Group A runners-up behind England. That 5-0 loss at Wembley in their first fixture was one of three defeats the Czechs suffered in qualifying, although five wins ensured they finished with 15 points, four above third-placed Kosovo.
• The Czechs' record at EURO '96 in England was W2 D2 L2; the 2-1 golden-goal defeat in the final was their only match at Wembley in the tournament.
• The Czech Republic have never won at Wembley, where their overall record is D1 L3; they conceded 11 goals in those four matches. As Czechoslovakia, their record at Wembley was also D1 L3; furthermore, they lost 5-4 at Tottenham's former ground White Hart Lane in a 1937 friendly, their only other game in London.
EURO facts: England
• This is England's tenth appearance in the UEFA European Championship; they finished third in 1968 and also reached the semi-finals on home soil in 1996.
• England failed to qualify for the final tournament in 2008, the only time they have missed out since 1984.
• A team managed by Roy Hodgson won all ten qualifiers on the way to UEFA EURO 2016, where they finished second behind Wales in their section after taking five points from three matches, only to be shocked by Iceland in the round of 16 (1-2).
• Gareth Southgate's side finished top of Group A in UEFA EURO 2020 qualifying, winning seven of their eight matches (L1) to progress six points ahead of the Czech Republic. That 2-1 loss in Prague was England's sole defeat.
• Kane finished as the overall top scorer in the qualifying group stage with 12 goals, including at least one in every game. He also provided five assists.
• Sterling was involved in 15 of England's 37 qualifying goals, scoring eight himself with seven assists.
• Prior to Matchday 1, the defeat by Iceland in the last 16 at UEFA EURO 2016 was England's only reverse in 11 EURO finals matches (W5 D5), with the eliminations on penalties by Italy (2012) and Portugal (2004) counted as draws.
• England's record at Wembley before UEFA EURO 2020 kicked off was W183 D72 L39. Before this tournament they had won nine of ten matches at the stadium, including UEFA EURO 2020 qualifiers against the Czech Republic (5-0), Bulgaria (4-0) and Montenegro (7-0); the 1-0 UEFA Nations League loss to Denmark on 14 October 2020 was only their second loss in their last 22 matches at Wembley (W16 D4).
• England came into UEFA EURO 2020 having never lost in the finals of a major tournament at Wembley (W7 D3), though they were defeated on penalties there by Germany after a 1-1 draw in the semi-final of EURO '96.
Links and trivia
• Have played together:
Tomáš Souček, Vladimír Coufal & Declan Rice (West Ham, 2020–)
• Have played in England:
Tomáš Souček (West Ham 2020–)
Vladimír Coufal (West Ham 2020–)
Ondřej Čelůstka (Sunderland 2013/14 loan)
Tomáš Kalas (Chelsea 2010–19, Middlesbrough 2015–16 loan, Fulham 2016–18 loan, Bristol City 2018–)
Matěj Vydra (Watford 2012–16, West Brom 2013/14 loan, Reading 2015/16 loan, Derby 2016–18, Burnley 2018–)
• Petr Ševčík scored twice in Slavia Praha's 4-3 loss at Chelsea in the 2018/19 UEFA Europa League quarter-final second leg, Souček getting the Czech club's other goal.
• Southgate was England coach during the 2015 UEFA European Under-21 Championship in the Czech Republic, his side finishing bottom of their group with three points from three matches.
• The Czech Republic's all-time record appearance maker Petr Čech spent the bulk of his career in England. A Chelsea player from 2004 to 2015, he won four Premier League titles, the 2012 UEFA Champions League, the UEFA Europa League the following year, plus four FA Cups and three English League Cups. He retired in 2019 after a four-year spell at Arsenal, winning another FA Cup in 2017.
UEFA European Championship records: Czech Republic
2016 – group stage
2012 – quarter-finals
2008 – group stage
2004 – semi-finals
2000 – group stage
1996 – runners-up
1992 – did not qualify (as Czechoslovakia)
1988 – did not qualify (as Czechoslovakia)
1984 – did not qualify (as Czechoslovakia)
1980 – third place (as Czechoslovakia)
1976 – winners (as Czechoslovakia)
1972 – did not qualify (as Czechoslovakia)
1968 – did not qualify (as Czechoslovakia)
1964 – did not qualify (as Czechoslovakia)
1960 – third place (as Czechoslovakia)
Final tournament win
3-0: Czech Republic v Denmark, 27/06/04
7-0: Czech Republic v San Marino, 07/10/06
5-0: England v Czech Republic, 22/03/19
Final tournament appearances
14: Karel Poborský
14: Petr Čech
12: Pavel Nedvěd
11: Vladimír Šmicer
11: Jaroslav Plašil
10: Jan Koller
10: Milan Baroš
10: Tomáš Rosický
Final tournament goals
5: Milan Baroš
4: Vladimír Šmicer
3: Jan Koller
3: Zdeněk Nehoda
50: Petr Čech
41: Tomáš Rosický
37: Jaroslav Plašil
35: Jan Koller
34: Karel Poborský
31: Milan Baroš
31: Pavel Nedvěd
31: Jiří Němec
30: Pavel Kuka
25: Patrik Berger
25: Tomáš Galásek
25: Marek Jankulovski
25: Vladimír Šmicer
21: Jan Koller
12: Patrik Berger
12: Milan Baroš
9: Vladimír Šmicer
9: Zdeněk Nehoda (for Czechoslovakia)
7: Marián Masný (for Czechoslovakia)
7: Antonín Panenka (for Czechoslovakia)
7: Ladislav Vízek (for Czechoslovakia)
UEFA European Championship records: England
2016 – round of 16
2012 – quarter-finals
2008 – did not qualify
2004 – quarter-finals
2000 – group stage
1996 – semi-finals
1992 – group stage
1988 – group stage
1984 – did not qualify
1980 – group stage
1976 – did not qualify
1972 – quarter-finals
1968 – third place
1964 – did not qualify
1960 – did not participate
Final tournament defeat
1-3 twice, most recently v Soviet Union, 18/06/88
9-0: England v Luxembourg, 15/12/82
5-2: France v England, 27/02/63
Final tournament appearances
11: Gary Neville
10: Wayne Rooney
9: Tony Adams
9: Steven Gerrard
9: Alan Shearer
8: Sol Campbell
8: Stuart Pearce
8: Ashley Cole
8: Joe Hart
Final tournament goals
7: Alan Shearer
6: Wayne Rooney
3: Frank Lampard
37: Wayne Rooney
30: Steven Gerrard
29: Ashley Cole
26: Michael Owen
25: Joe Hart
24: Gary Neville
24: John Terry
23: David Beckham
23: Sol Campbell
22: Frank Lampard
22: Phil Neville
20: Wayne Rooney
15: Harry Kane
13: Michael Owen
13: Alan Shearer
10: Raheem Sterling
8: Geoff Hurst
8: Kevin Keegan
7: Gary Lineker
7: Paul Scholes
7: Danny Welbeck
:: Previous meetings
Goals for/against: Goal totals include the outcome of disciplinary decisions (e.g. match forfeits when a 3-0 result is determined). Goals totals do not include goals scored during a penalty shoot-out after a tie ended in a draw
:: Squad list
Qual.: Total European Qualifiers appearances/goals for UEFA EURO 2020 only.
FT: Total UEFA EURO 2020 appearances/goals in final tournament only.
Overall: Total international appearances/goals.
DoB: Date of birth
Age: Based on the date press kit was last updated
D: Disciplinary (*: misses next match if booked, S: suspended)
:: Team facts
EURO finals: The UEFA European Championship was a four-team event in 1960, 1964, 1968, 1972 and 1976 (when the preliminary round and quarter-finals were considered part of qualifying).
From 1980 it was expanded to an eight-team finals and remained in that format in 1984, 1988 and 1992 until 1996, when the 16-team format was adopted. UEFA EURO 2016 was the first tournament to be played as a 24-team finals.
Records of inactive countries
A number of UEFA associations have been affected by dissolution or splits of member associations. For statistical purposes, the records of these inactive countries have been allocated elsewhere: therefore, all Soviet Union matches are awarded to Russia; all West Germany – but not East Germany – matches are awarded to Germany; all Yugoslavia and Serbia & Montenegro matches are awarded to Serbia; all Czechoslovakia matches are allocated to both the Czech Republic and Slovakia.
For statisical purposes, when a match has been started and then abandoned but later forfeited, the result on the pitch at the time of abandonment is counted. Matches that never started and were either cancelled or forfeited are not included in the overall statistics.