England beat Czech Republic to move into last 16, but Scotland crash out

Croatia also secure their spot in the knockout stages as runners-up, with Czech Republic a best-placed runner-up.

England secured passage into the knockout stage of Euro 2020 as group winners with a solid 1-0 win over the Czech Republic.

Gareth Southgate again kept faith with Raheem Sterling and he was again repaid in full with the Manchester City man scoring in the 12th minute of the game.

Jack Grealish was also handed a first start of the tournament in the absence of the self-isolating Mason Mount, and he showed his value too by crossing for Sterling to head England ahead.

Scotland will not be able to join England and Wales in the last 16, though, after they lost 3-1 to Croatia and Hampden Park.

Croatia's Luka Modric celebrates scoring vs Scotland
Croatia's Luka Modric celebrates scoring vs Scotland

Nikola Vlasic opened the scoring for Croatia, but Callum McGregor gave Scotland hope by equalising on the brink of half-time.

However, Luka Modric and Ivan Perisic secured Croatia's progression as one of the best-placed runners-up.

More to follow...

Stats of the day

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What they said

Gareth Southgate: "I thought we started really well. We were stable with the ball. We worked on some things in training yesterday but credit to the players as they had to adjust. Without the ball we changed what we were doing because of the change in personnel.

"It is huge credit to the players that they were as stable without the ball as they were.

"We hadn't finalised everything as we got the shout during training (over the players needing to isolate). We have been super impressed with Bukayo Saka throughout the month.

England's Bukayo Saka (right) is congratulated by manager Gareth Southgate
England's Bukayo Saka (right) is congratulated by manager Gareth Southgate

"He was excellent up at Middlesbrough and we have liked him with and without the ball. His receiving tonight under pressure was fantastic.

"The Czechs are a really good side. They use the ball well and are really tough to break down. There is more to come from us, definitely. We have not scored from a set play yet which I know people laughed at with us only scoring from them.

"They are crucial in big matches and we have to get those nailed. We are not fluent but we have moments where we look a good side.

"Different sorts of tests. All of our next opponents will be different games. There is a lot of good things we are doing. We are getting minutes for a lot of the players.

"Ninety minutes for Harry Maguire was important tonight. Jordan Henderson getting 45 minutes is a step forward. A lot of positives.

"It is great to be having more supporters in that is for sure. Who knows if that will be a good or not. We wanted to win the group and stay at Wembley and we will wait to see who we play."

Scotland's goalscorer Callum McGregor: "The lads are shattered. The fans were amazing again and we want to thank them for their input.

Scotland fans dejected after Euro 2020 exit
Scotland fans dejected after Euro 2020 exit

"[Modric's goal] That's what you're up against at this level - it was a tough lesson.

"It's always nice to to score and get my first goal for my country - but ultimately we're disappointed with the result.

"It was a tough learning experience tonight against some really top players but it just gives you the hunger to come back again."

What's next for England, Czech Republic, and Croatia?

England's reward for winning the group is to remain at Wembley for their last-16 clash.

That's the good news. The bad news is they will play either France, Germany, or Portugal. That will be decided on Wednesday when Group F finishes off the first stage of the tournament.

Croatia sneaked into second place, and they will now play the runners-up in Group E, which could be Spain.

Czech Republic, meanwhile, will have to wait to find their opponents in the next round.

What's coming up tomorrow (Wednesday)?

Cristiano Ronaldo
Cristiano Ronaldo

In short, the last of the group stage action.

Wednesday sees Groups E and F wrap up, and there are some major questions to be answered.

The 5pm kick-offs see Spain trying to force their way into the knockout stage. They have impressed everywhere except in front of goal, and that sees them a in a little trouble going into their final match.

Only a win will do for Luis Enrique's men as they take on Slovakia in Seville. Meanwhile, Poland and Sweden will face-off in the other match. Sweden are already through. Poland need a win.

You can read our Group E preview here.

At 8pm the heavyweights of Group F continue to scrap it out. It seems clear France, Germany, and Portugal will all qualify, although it's anyone's guess in what order.

Germany will play Hungary in Munich, leaving Portugal and France to scrap it out in the other.