RAHEEM STERLING sent the nation into meltdown as he scored England’s opening goal in the European Championships.
And he repaid Gareth Southgate’s faith as he put England in front after 57 minutes after a great run from Kalvin Phillips.
The Leeds midfielder drove with the ball before cutting in and laying it off to Sterling, who expertly slotted home.
Fans were pictured in jubilation celebrating the goal and were also full of praise online for the Premier League pair.
One tweeted: “Kalvin Phillips is a baller! Hats off.”
Another posted: “Kalvin Phillips, take a bow.”
One wrote: “The Yorkshire Pirlo.”
Sterling’s strike proved decisive as England held out for a 1-0 win, avenging their heartbreaking 2018 World Cup semi-final defeat to Croatia.
It gives Southgate’s side the perfect start as the Three Lions won their opening Euros match for the first time ever.
Scotland and Czech Republic follow England tomorrow at Hampden Park.
England play rivals Scotland afterwards next Friday, before their final group stage match against Czech Republic on Tuesday 22.