Raheem Sterling Scores A Superb Hat-Trick In England's Win Over Czech Republic

England opened their Euro 2020 qualifying campaign in style after Raheem Sterling scored a hat-trick.

The Manchester City ace, who has been in brilliant form for his club this season, opened the scoring against the Czech Republic and Harry Kane doubled the Three Lions' lead from the spot kick.

However, Sterling continued to control the show in the second half, with him scoring once again to complete his brace and rounding off his fantastic performance by smashing in England's fourth.

Meanwhile, Tomáš Kalas' own goal handed the Three Lions a 5-0 victory at the full-time whistle.

Earlier this month, England boss Gareth Southgate praised the 24-year-old winger and tipped him as one of the players in contention for the PFA Players' Player of the Year award.

Credit: PA
Credit: PA

"The thing that stands out with Raheem is his tenacity," he told talkSPORT.

"His recovery from setbacks and his resilience and proving people wrong -- he's always responding in the right way to those challenges.

"It's incredible. He's gone to a big club [Liverpool] when he was very young and dealt with that.

"Another big move to City, adapted to that. They sign new players every summer and you'd think his place was under threat, but he's come through that.

"I think he's had a phenomenal season.

"He's got to be one of the candidates for player of the year."

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