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Summary

  1. Sterling scores hat-trick - first England treble at Wembley since 2010
  2. Sterling wins penalty which Kane converts
  3. Kalas OG after debutant Hudson-Odoi sees shot saved
  4. Rice makes debut as second-half sub
  5. Montenegro, Bulgaria & Kosovo also in Group A

Live Reporting

By Jonathan Jurejko

All times stated are UK

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  1. 'A special night for Sterling'

    England 5-0 Czech Republic

    England manager Gareth Southgate: "I thought Raheem was electric all night. He has looked like that all week in training.I'm pleased for him, it is a special night for him.

    "I think he's really matured as a person and a footballer. He's hungry for goals and hitting things instinctively without thinking too much."

    England hero Raheem Sterling and Gareth Southgate

    Former England midfielder Joe Cole: "His development is going through the roof and his decision-making is getting better and better. He's turning himself into a midfielder with a striker's mindset. It's a great achievement to score a hat-trick for England."

    Ex-England striker Ian Wright:"Raheem has brought his Man City form into his England play. The fans know what he's been through so of course they're going to get behind him.

    "Pep tells him to get into those areas and you saw his determination to get into the box."

    Former England defender Lee Dixon:"Pep has given Raheem that belief in his own ability. We've all criticised his finishing at times but now he has that confidence."

    Ex-England winger Chris Waddle: "Expectations have always been high on Raheem Sterling. Would he go on and be the player England hoped he would be? He is now getting better and is playing in a team full of confidence - whether it is Manchester City or England."

  2. Goodbye!

    Right then, it is time for me to say goodbye. At the start we dreamed about England playing the Euro 2020 final on home soil at Wembley. A few more performances like that, albeit against much better opposition, and you could not rule it out.

    Recap a wonderful night for Gareth Southgate's side by reading Phil McNulty's match report.

    And I'll leave you with a recap of the praise dished out to England's hat-trick hero Raheem Sterling... Night!

    Raheem Sterling
  3. Elsewhere around Europe

    Euro 2020 qualifying

    Ooh la la! England aren't the only Euro 2020 hopeful setting out their stall tonight with a thumping win.

    France, the world champions no less, whacked hosts Moldova 4-1 after goals from Antoine Griezmann, Raphael Varane, Olivier Giroud and Kylian Mbappe.

    Portugal might have had Cristiano Ronaldo back among the troops, but even he could not help break down a stubborn Ukraine side in a 0-0 draw.

    Elsewhere in England's Group A, Montenegro drew 1-1 at Bulgaria while in Group B Luxembourg earned a rare win by beating Lithuania.

    And, in France's Group H, Turkey and Iceland recorded 2-0 away wins at Albania and Andorra respectively.

  4. 'His development is going through the roof'

    England 5-0 Czech Republic

    Three former England players have been reacting to Raheem Sterling's hat-trick in the ITV studio.

    Joe Cole: "His development is going through the roof and his decision-making is getting better and better. He's turning himself into a midfielder with a striker's mindset. It's a great achievement to score a hat-trick for England."

    Ian Wright: "Raheem has brought his Man City form into his England play. The fans know what he's been through so of course they're going to get behind him.

    "Pep tells him to get into those areas and you saw his determination to get into the box."

    Lee Dixon: "Pep has given Raheem that belief in his own ability. We've all criticised his finishing at times but now he has that confidence."

  5. Post update

    England 5-0 Czech Republic

    Darren Fletcher

    BBC Radio 5 live presenter at Wembley

    The way Raheem Sterling has turned things full circle from being a player who was booed by his own supporters to being appreciated and adored...

  6. Sterling 'electric' all night - Southgate

    England 5-0 Czech Republic

    England manager Gareth Southgate, speaking to ITV Sport: "I thought Raheem was electric all night. He has looked like that all week in training.I'm pleased for him, it is a special night for him."

    On England's 4-3-3 system tonight: "We've got exciting wide players, we saw the two young boys (Jadon Sancho and Callum Hudson-Odoi) as well, so it gets our good offensive players on the field and higher up the field."

    On what has clicked for Sterling: "I think he's really matured as a person and a footballer. He's hungry for goals and hitting things instinctively without thinking too much."

  7. 'Sterling is getting better'

    England 5-0 Czech Republic

    Chris Waddle

    Ex-Newcastle and England winger on BBC Radio 5 live

    Expectations have always been high on Raheem Sterling. Would he go on and be the player England hoped he would be? He is now getting better and is playing in a team full of confidence - whether it is Manchester City or England.

  8. Post update

    England 5-0 Czech Republic

    Gareth Southgate's first word on Raheem Sterling? "Brilliant."

    More quotes from the happy England boss on the way...

  9. Post update

    England 5-0 Czech Republic

    Remember, not so long ago, when Raheem Sterling was being criticised for not scoring enough for England? Now he has scored a brace in two of his last three appearances...

  10. 'A beautiful team performance'

    England 5-0 Czech Republic

    England hat-trick scorer Raheem Sterling, speaking to ITV: "It was a beautiful team performance and I was happy to help the team get the win. I'm just being confident in myself, I'm trying to get in areas and take shots, not to worry about anything. The first goal pleased me most, to get myself up and running."

    On his tribute to Damary Dawkins, a Crystal Palace youth-team player who died from leukaemia on Sunday: "Damary was a kid I was trying to help and we thought we'd found a donor. Sadly it didn't match and sadly he passed away, so I wanted to give his family something to smile about."

    Raheem Sterling
  11. Post update

    England 5-0 Czech Republic

    At least the country is united about something...

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    Iain Moss: Used to loathe international breaks but not any more! Confident, professional performance from England with the flash of swagger at times!

    Saqub Sheikh: Impressive England performance tonight. Credit to Gareth Southgate for creating a positive team dynamic. We have players who are playing with the 'handbrake' off and are exciting to watch.

    Josh Earl: Credit where it's due, we've made an albeit not great side look a lot poorer than they actually are, as we often do in qualifying. European champions Portugal are on the verge of drawing with Ukraine at home. The qualifiers are only as easy as you make them.

  13. Post update

    England 5-0 Czech Republic

    Raheem Sterling - player of the year? Discuss.

    Raheem Sterling
  14. Post update

    England 5-0 Czech Republic

    England skipper Harry Kane, speaking to ITV: "Our system tonight definitely suits Raheem - 4-3-3, the wingers staying high.

    "It was a brilliant team performance, we pressed, we made it difficult for them, got the goals and were clinical.

    "We're enjoying it out there, we're a confident team coming off back last summer and the Nations League.

    "We're playing good football, everyone is expressing themselves, we have young, hungry players and it showed tonight."

  15. 'Don't have to rely on Sterling'

    England 5-0 Czech Republic

    Chris Waddle

    Ex-Newcastle and England winger on BBC Radio 5 live

    England have a lot of players who are comfortable with the ball. When we were relying on Raheem Sterling to do that, we now have three or four and it frees space up for Sterling. He pops up in gaps. He is in a team where the movement is good and there is confidence. We don't have to just rely on him and he is getting the benefits of it.

    Raheem Sterling
  16. Venezuela grab a third

    No coming back from this for Argentina now.

    Atlanta United striker Josef Martinez, who has scored 59 goals in 67 games for the MLS Cup winners, has grabbed a third from the penalty spot for Venezuela.

  17. Post update

    Meanwhile, things aren't going so well for Lionel Messi and co...

  18. Post update

    England 5-0 Czech Republic

    Five alive! England have bagged five times at Wembley for the first time since October 2014. Remember that one? A 5-0 v San Marino in Euro 2016 qualifying.

  19. 'England were too good'

    England 5-0 Czech Republic

    Chris Waddle

    Ex-Newcastle and England winger on BBC Radio 5 live

    It was a very good performance by England. They were far better than the Czech Republic and it showed tonight. England were absolutely too good for them. Raheem Sterling will get all the headlines for his hat-trick but I thought Jordan Henderson had a very, very good game.

    England celebrate