Keane And Pickford Help England Make Roaring Start

Michael Keane made his first competitive start for England since October 2017 as the Three Lions thumped Czech Republic in their opening Euro 2020 qualifier at Wembley. 

Keane put in an assured performance as, alongside Everton teammate Jordan Pickford, he helped Gareth Southgate's side keep a clean sheet in a 5-0 win. 

Manchester City forward Raheem Sterling was the star, grabbing a hat-trick, with Tottenham Hotspur's Harry Kane netting a late first-half penalty at 1-0 and a Tomas Kalas own goal completing the scoring late on. 


Both Keane and Pickford played the full 90 minutes, picking up their sixth and 16th caps respectively. 

England now travel to Montenegro for another qualifier on Monday looking to rack up a fifth straight win.

Elsewhere, there were also international victories for Gylfi Sigurdsson, Cenk Tosun and Yerry Mina.

Mina

Sigurdsson's Iceland, quarter-finalists at the last European Championships in 2016, kicked off their latest campaign with a 2-0 success away in Andorra. Sigurdsson played the full 90 minutes as goals either side of the break from Birkir Bjarnason and Vidar Kjartansson earned three points in a tricky Group H that also includes Tosun's Turkey, 2-0 victors against Albania.

Playing the entire contest, Tosun laid on his nation's opening goal for Burak Yilmaz on 21 minutes, before Hakan Calhanoglu's effort doubled the advantage 10 minutes after the break. 

Lucas Digne and Kurt Zouma's France are the favourites in Group H but the Toffees pair sat out the world champions' comprehensive 4-1 win in Moldova.  

In Japan, Yerry Mina played the full 90 minutes as Radamel Falcao's penalty helped get Carlos Queiroz's reign as Colombia manager off to a winning start, the visitors defeating their hosts 1-0 in a friendly in Yokohama. 

And Fraser Hornby managed 77 minutes as Scotland Under-21s played out a goalless draw with Mexico in Marbella.

Head back to evertonfc.com on Saturday to find out how more of our players fare on international duty.



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