Winning start for Hall

Robert Hall's introduction helped England to score a 3-1 win over Czech Republic in their opening match at the UEFA European Under-17 Championship.

The West Ham United forward was sent on as a 59th-minute substitute for Manchester United's William Keane with the score deadlocked at 1-1 at the Rheinpark in Vaduz, the capital of Liechtenstein.

Nine minutes later, the 16-year-old played a large part in England's second goal, playing the ball in for Arsenal's Benik Afobe, who found Chelsea's Joshua McEachran to clip the ball over goalkeeper Vlastimil Vesely.

Just over 60 seconds later, Afobe had curled in a magnificent third goal from 25 yards that gave Vesely absolutely no chance.

With a little more than four minutes remaining, Hall tried to get his own name on the scoresheet, beating two challenges before driving a lot shot that the goalkeeper could only grab at the second attempt.

Then, in added time, the Hammers youngster forced Vesely into a flying save from a goalbound 20-yard free-kick to complete a lively cameo appearance.

Earlier, Jakub Plsek had given the Czechs a seventh-minute lead with a towering far-post header, only for Everton's Ross Barkley to level matters 13 minutes later.

England's second group-stage fixture will see them take on Greece at the same venue on Friday evening before facing Turkey on Monday night.

Hall will hope to start against the Greeks after showing fine goalscoring form in the qualifiers, hitting the net twice in a 6-2 victory over Kazakhstan in October and again in the 4-0 Elite Round win over Sweden in March.

Turkey beat Greece 3-1 in their opening match on Tuesday evening to take early control of Group B. The beaten Czechs will take on Turkey in Eschen on Friday afternoon.

In Group A, Portugal comfortably defeated Switzerland 3-0, while Spain held on to beat France 2-1.

The top two teams in each group will qualify for the semi-finals, with the final being held in Vaduz on 30 May.