Raheem Sterling scored his first England hat trick in a 5-0 victory over the Czech Republic at the start of 2020 European Championship qualifying on Friday.

Harry Kane also netted a penalty and Tomas Kalas compounded the visitors’ miserable night by scoring an own goal at Wembley Stadium as England made an emphatic start to its bid to qualify for a tournament it is largely hosting.

Although Euro 2020 is being played across 12 countries, Wembley is staging seven games including the semifinals and final.

England's Raheem Sterling, right, scores his side's third goal during the Euro 2020 group A qualifying soccer match between England and the Czech Republic at Wembley stadium in London, Friday March 22, 2019. (AP Photo/Tim Ireland)
England’s Raheem Sterling, right, scores his side’s third goal during the Euro 2020 group A qualifying soccer match between England and the Czech Republic at Wembley stadium in London, Friday March 22, 2019. (AP Photo/Tim Ireland)

In Group A, England next plays on Monday against Montenegro, which drew 1-1 with Bulgaria on Friday.

___

England's Harry Kane, left, and Czech Republic's Tomas Kalas jump for a high ball during the Euro 2020 group a qualifying soccer match between England and the Czech Republic at Wembley stadium in London, Friday March 22, 2019. (AP Photo/Matt Dunham)
England’s Harry Kane, left, and Czech Republic’s Tomas Kalas jump for a high ball during the Euro 2020 group a qualifying soccer match between England and the Czech Republic at Wembley stadium in London, Friday March 22, 2019. (AP Photo/Matt Dunham)
England's Raheem Sterling, right, scores his side's third goal during the Euro 2020 group A qualifying soccer match between England and the Czech Republic at Wembley stadium in London, Friday March 22, 2019. (AP Photo/Tim Ireland)
England’s Raheem Sterling, right, scores his side’s third goal during the Euro 2020 group A qualifying soccer match between England and the Czech Republic at Wembley stadium in London, Friday March 22, 2019. (AP Photo/Tim Ireland)
England's Harry Kane celebrates his sides second goal during the Euro 2020 group a qualifying soccer match between England and the Czech Republic at Wembley stadium in London, Friday March 22, 2019. (AP Photo/Matt Dunham)
England’s Harry Kane celebrates his sides second goal during the Euro 2020 group a qualifying soccer match between England and the Czech Republic at Wembley stadium in London, Friday March 22, 2019. (AP Photo/Matt Dunham)

Sign up to receive our latest news!

By submitting this form, I agree to the terms.