England qualify for last 16 as Belgium, Denmark also book knockout spots

Raheem Sterling, Phil Foden, John Stones celebrate England v Croatia Euro 2020

England have qualified for the knockout phase of Euro 2020 after results in Groups B and C ensured Gareth Southgate’s side would finish as – at worst – one of the four best third-placed teams.

The Three Lions sit second heading into Tuesday’s Group D decider against the Czech Republic, who are also on four points but boast a superior goal difference.

England need to win at Wembley to go through as group winners and a positive result is required to finish in the top two. But any stress over qualification has been removed by results elsewhere.

The four best third-placed teams from the six groups at the rearranged Euros progress to the round of 16.

Monday’s results saw Ukraine and Finland finish third in their respective groups on three points apiece, meaning that if England did slip to that place they would still go through.

Switzerland, Sweden, Czech Republic and France are also through to the last 16.

Belgium made it three wins from three as they saw off Finland 2-0 to top Group B, while Denmark recovered from defeat in their first game – as well as the loss of Christian Eriksen for the rest of the tournament – to beat Russia 4-1 and finish second.