England 1 Croatia 0 LIVE REACTION: Sterling the Three Lions hero as Southgate's side end Euros opening game hoodoo

RAHEEM STERLING netted his first ever goal at a major tournament as England beat Croatia at Wembley.

Gareth Southgate's men went close early through Phil Foden, but it was his Man City teammate Sterling who stole the show with a well taken winner in the second half.

  • Final score: England 1-0 Croatia
  • Goalscorers: Sterling 57' – WATCH HERE

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  • Joshua Mbu

    MINGS SPEAKS

    Mings was called in to replace Maguire who isn't fully fit and he played an absolute blinder.

    Speaking to the BBC, he said: "It’s a dream come true to play in a major tournament for England, and I loved every second of it.

    "It’s probably the hottest game I’ve played in, but the team showed a lot of grit, determination and quality, and we’re over the moon with the start.

    “They’re a top team and it was good for us to repel their threat. Equally we always have the quality to trouble teams.

    "I can’t even remember the goal if I’m honest!

    "I know Kalvin [Phillips] put in a lot of good work and Raz [Raheem Sterling] has got the quality and composure in front of goal, as he’s showed many times."

    Credit: GETTY IMAGES
  • Joshua Mbu

    FULL-TIME STATS

    England dominated from minute one!

  • Joshua Mbu

    MAN OF THE MATCH

    Man of the match goes to Kalvin Phillips hands down! He was absolutely phenomenal in a slightly advanced role.

    Keep the midfield the same for Scotland, Southgate!

  • Joshua Mbu

    STERLING SPEAKS

    Goal-scorer Sterling spoke to the BBC after his goal won England the game.

    He said: "I always said that if I ever play at Wembley in a major tournament, I’m going to score.

    "It’s my back garden, I had to score.

    "There’s a lot of different reasons why I haven’t scored for my club, and that’s totally irrelevant now.

    "I’m here with England, I’m enjoying my football and I’m just delighted to score. It was a lovely weighted pass from Kalvin [Phillips].

  • Joshua Mbu

    SCENES

    England fans enjoyed Sterling's goal!

  • Joshua Mbu

    FT: ENGLAND 1-0 CROATIA

    Brilliant second half performance from England and it was Wembley local Sterling who got the goal.

    Phillips made a darting run forward, showed some good skill to cut inside and teed up Sterling.

    And the Man City man made no mistake with the finish.

    Kane had the chance to put England two goals clear, but he failed to convert at the far post.

    As for Croatia, they were relatively quiet and it was England's game from minute one.

    Off to a winning start at the Euros, England's first in ten attempts!

  • George Moore

    HAVE YOUR SAY

  • Joshua Mbu

    PEEEEEEEEEEEP!

    THE FULL-TIME WHISTLE GOES AT WEMBLEY!

    ENGLAND GET OFF TO A WINNING START!

  • Joshua Mbu

    ENGLAND 1-0 CROATIA

    90+4. A long throw falls to Pasalic at the back post, but the former Chelsea fan slices his shot over the bar.

    Game over!

  • Joshua Mbu

    ENGLAND 1-0 CROATIA

    90+2. A long ball is played into England's penalty area and Perisic heads the ball across the face of goal.

    Petkovic tries to get on the end of the flick on but Pickford pounces on the ball.

  • Joshua Mbu

    ENGLAND 1-0 CROATIA

    90+1. SUBSTITUTION!

    England are making their last change of the game, and Calvert-Lewin is on for Sterling.

  • Joshua Mbu

    ENGLAND 1-0 CROATIA

    90. The fourth official holds his board up and there will be four additional minutes played.

  • Joshua Mbu

    ENGLAND 1-0 CROATIA

    88. Croatia need to throw everything at England now.

  • Joshua Mbu

    ENGLAND 1-0 CROATIA

    86. In the crucial final minutes of the game, and England need to get their game management spot on.

    Sterling does just that as he holds off the challenge of Brekalo close to the byline to see the ball behind for an England goal-kick.

    Sterling slices a shot over the crossbarCredit: AFP
  • Joshua Mbu

    ENGLAND 1-0 CROATIA

    84. SUBSTITUTION!

    Pasalic is coming on for Croatia for the fine five minutes or so, and he is replacing Kovacic.

  • Joshua Mbu

    ENGLAND 1-0 CROATIA

    82. Bellingham nips the ball away from Modric and lays it into the path of Sterling.

    The goal-scorer plays a quick ball in behind for Rashford to run onto, but Livakovic gathers.

  • Joshua Mbu

    ENGLAND 1-0 CROATIA

    81. SUBSTITUTION!

    Kane is taken off for a rest and 17-year-old Jude Bellingham is on at the Euros!

  • Joshua Mbu

    ENGLAND 1-0 CROATIA

    80. Modric is looking a frustrated figure, no matter where he finds himself on the pitch he is tracked by one of England's midfield three.

    In this case, Mount doesn't let him out of his sight.

  • Joshua Mbu

    ENGLAND 1-0 CROATIA

    78. SUBSTITUTION!

    Rebic is off for Croatia and physical striker Petkovic is on for the final ten minutes or so.

  • Joshua Mbu

    ENGLAND 1-0 CROATIA

    76. Phillips has been England's best player by far, and he simply hasn't stopped running.

    He wins the ball back AGAIN for England.

  • Joshua Mbu

    ENGLAND 1-0 CROATIA

    74. Stones is down with what looks like cramp…. hopefully! Ben White is getting ready to come on.

    Credit: PA
  • Joshua Mbu

    ENGLAND 1-0 CROATIA

    74. Mings knocks Mount's free-kick down towards Sterling on the edge of the penalty area.

    But the goal-scorer snatches at the shot and a good opportunity goes to waste.

  • Joshua Mbu

    ENGLAND 1-0 CROATIA

    72. Vlasic delivers a good cross into the penalty area from the right-hand side.

    Rebic gets the beating of Mings in the air, and the ball deflects towards the far post.

    And Walker shields the ball back towards Pickford, keeping out Perisic.

  • Joshua Mbu

    ENGLAND 1-0 CROATIA

    70. SUBSTITUTIONS!

    Brozovic and Kramaric are off for Croatia and they're replaced by Brekalo and Vlasic.

    And for England, Rashford is on for Foden.

  • Joshua Mbu

    ENGLAND 1-0 CROATIA

    69. Modric clips a corner towards the edge of the penalty area, teeing up Brozovic.

    But the Inter Milan midfielder snatches at the shot and the ball goes out for a goal-kick.

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