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UEFA EURO 2020 Group D: England, Croatia, Scotland, Czech Republic

All you need to know about Group D contenders England, Croatia, Scotland and Czech Republic

England (see fixtures here)

Head-to-head record
v Croatia W5 D2 L3 F21 A13
v Scotland W48 D24 L41 F195 A171
v Czech Republic W11 D4 L3 F44 A23

Qualifying record: P8 W7 D0 L1 F37 A6
Qualifying top scorer: Harry Kane (12)
UEFA EURO best: third place (1968)
UEFA EURO 2016: round of 16, lost 2-1 to Iceland

Highlights: England 7-0 Montenegro
Highlights: England 7-0 Montenegro

Coach: Gareth Southgate
Best remembered for his EURO '96 semi-final penalty miss until he took to reviving his country's fortunes from the dugout.

Draw reaction: "The fact we’ve lost to both [Croatia and Czech Republic] is important for our mentality, because it would be easy to be complacent given we’re at home, given we have also beaten these teams. But we know the quality that Croatia have, and we know that Czech Republic were hugely improved from when we played them at Wembley [England winning 5-0] to when we played them in Prague [the Czechs winning 2-1]."

Key player: Harry Kane
His country's captain and talismanic striker, Kane remains integral to Southgate's plans despite the emergence of an exciting crop of youngsters.

One to watch: Jadon Sancho
England have arguably not had a player since Wayne Rooney who was this advanced in his development at such a young age; forward Sancho continues to grow at Dortmund.

Did you know?
The Three Lions were 43 successive European Championship and World Cup qualifiers without defeat until October 2019's loss to the Czechs.

Croatia (see fixtures here)

Head-to-head record
v England W3 D2 L5 F13 A21
v Scotland W0 D3 L2 F2 A5
v Czech Republic W1 D2 L0 F7 A5

Qualifying record: P8 W5 D2 L1 F17 A7
Qualifying top scorer: Bruno Petković (4)
UEFA EURO best: quarter-finals (1996, 2008)
UEFA EURO 2016: round of 16, lost 1-0 aet to Portugal

Highlights: Croatia 3-1 Slovakia
Highlights: Croatia 3-1 Slovakia

Coach: Zlatko Dalić
A former midfielder who never represented his country, Dalić took over from Ante Čačić in 2017 and led the team to the 2018 FIFA World Cup final.

Draw reaction: “[Playing against England] it’s going to be the same as in the semi-final of the World Cup, as well as the Nations League. I’m looking forward to that game. We’ll play at Wembley, we’ll kick off the EURO in front of a full stadium. They’re the favourites in our group and I’ve said before that they’re a team taking huge steps forward, they’re bringing football home. Our first aim is to get through the group.”

Key player: Luka Modrić
The 2018 Ballon d'Or winner is now in sight of Darijo Srna's record 134 caps, not only captaining the side but setting the midfield tempo with enduring vision, energy and slick passing.

One to watch: Josip Brekalo
Modern, fast and skilful, the Wolfsburg winger is blossoming under Dalić. In consecutive matches in October 2020, he scored in a friendly against Switzerland then laid on assists against France and Sweden in the UEFA Nations League.

Did you know?
Croatia climbed 122 places in the FIFA rankings from 125th to third between 1994 and 1999.

Scotland (see fixtures here)

Head-to-head record
v England W41 D24 L48 F171 A195
v Croatia W2 D3 L0 F5 A2
v Czech Republic W4 D1 L4 F11 A12

Qualifying record: P10 W5 D0 L5 F16 A19
Play-offs: Israel (h) 0-0, 5-3 pens; Serbia (a) 1-1, 5-4 pens
Qualifying top scorer: John McGinn (7)
UEFA EURO best: group stage (1992, 1996)
UEFA EURO 2016: did not qualify

Highlights: Serbia 1-1 Scotland (4-5 pens)
Highlights: Serbia 1-1 Scotland (4-5 pens)

Coach: Steve Clarke
The former Chelsea defender started his coaching life as Ruud Gullit’s assistant at Newcastle United in 1998. He took the Scotland helm in May 2019 after a fruitful tenure at Kilmarnock.

Key player: John McGinn
An old-fashioned Scottish midfielder, McGinn is a quality player who brings more to the side than his ability to tackle and pass. His enthusiasm and tenacity drives them on. The Aston Villa man is also a threat when he gets into the opposition box.

One to watch: Lyndon Dykes
The striker followed his "gut and heart" in choosing Scotland over Australia and made an immediate impression with two goals his first five outings. His aerial presence, pace, touch and finishing mark him out as a danger to any back line.

Did you know?
Scotland also faced England at Wembley at their last EURO finals in 1996.

Czech Republic (see fixtures here)

Head-to-head record
v England W3 D4 L11 F23 A44
v Croatia W0 D2 L1 F5 A7
v Scotland W4 D1 L4 F12 A11

Qualifying record: P8 W5 D0 L3 F13 A11
Qualifying top scorer: Patrik Schick (4)
UEFA EURO best: winners (1976, as Czechoslovakia)
UEFA EURO 2016: group stage

Coach: Jaroslav Šilhavý
Holder of the record for most Czech top-flight appearances (465), the 59-year-old won two championships as coach before taking the Czech job in September 2018.

Draw reaction: "We have played against England [in qualifying] – at Wembley it was bad [a 5-0 loss], in Prague it was superb [a 2-1 win]. We will see what happens this time around. It’s at Wembley again: we are going to try to get a better result than in qualifying. England and Croatia were both semi-finalists at the last World Cup. They are very strong teams. Even so, we are going to prepare very well and we want to qualify."

Key player: Vladimír Darida
All-action midfielder who plies his trade at Hertha Berlin, he leads by example and inspired the surprise qualifying victory over England.

One to watch: Tomáš Souček
The beating heart of the Czech midfield redefines what it means to have "good feet for a big man". Czech player of season 2018/19, when Slavia Praha won the title, and voted No1 by journalists in 2020, he is now catching the eye at West Ham.

Did you know?
Czech Republic are ever-present at the UEFA European Championship as an independent nation, reaching seven successive final tournaments.