Jordan Henderson saw his first action at Euro 2020 for England tonight.
The Liverpool captain came off the bench at half-time as he continues his recovery from injury.
Czech Republic 0-1 England
England were playing to top Group D, having already sealed their qualification to the knock-out rounds.
Gareth Southgate made a few changes to the side, with Jack Grealish, Harry Maguire and Bukayo Saka all starting.
England started well, with Raheem Sterling hitting the post after two minutes.
Sterling then found the net after 12 minutes. He headed in a lovely Grealish cross.
Each keeper made a few decent saves inside the opening 45 minutes, but it remained 1-0 at halftime.
There was not a whole pile of action to speak about after the restart. Both sides made changes and seemed content with the scoreline.
It finished 1-0 and they will each take their place in the last 16.
Henderson shows why he is exactly what England needed
Jordan Henderson entered the fray at halftime.
The Liverpool man instantly showed what he was brought on to do. He was barking instructions and encouragement before the ball was even kicked off.
He then demonstrated his phenomenal vision when he almost played Bukayo Saka through with a fantastic pass over the top. It was the type of ball that England missed from Kalvin Phillips and Declan Rice in the opening two and a half games.
Not long later, he played a delightful ball into Harry Kane in the box, which the striker possibly should have done better with.
Henderson demanded the ball off his teammates for the rest of the game. His first instinct was always to play forwards.
He quickened the intensity when it was needed, but took the sting out of the Czechs by slowing things down when required.
He did look a little bit leggy as the half wore on, but was likely just preserving energy after such a long period out.
The 31-year-old had the ball in the net in the 85th minute, but the referee ruled it out for offside.
He didn’t set the game alight, but he did enough to show that he should be a guaranteed starter in the double pivot.
His leadership and forward passing ability, as well as general work rate, means that he is the perfect base for England’s front four to build on.
Twitter impressed with his performance
Fans on Twitter were complimentary of Henderson’s performance.