Gareth Southgate admits England's Czech Republic defeat is a reality check

Jose Verdugo
Octubre 12, 2019

Zdenek Ondrasek struck the victor five minutes from time to end England's 43-match unbeaten run in Europan championship and World Cup qualifiers stretching back to 2009.

"We are always very realistic about where we sit". We have an exciting team that usually look like scoring goals. "We've got to respond to that performance on Monday and accept any criticism that comes our way". We didn't play well enough, simple as that. We conceded possession too cheaply and particularly in the first-half we didn't create enough chances. We had chances, good chances to win the game. This was a step in the wrong direction, away from the future we thought was ahead of us, back into something less convincing, less impressive but far more familiar.

England had taken an early lead through Harry Kane's penalty after Raheem Sterling was tripped inside five minutes. However, Southgate's side failed to take advantage of their ideal start, failing to find any rhythm in their play.

England manager Gareth Southgate said: "I think we have had a lot of credit over the last couple of years and tonight we did not do enough".

The USA winger has not started a Premier League game since August and the return to fitness of Hudson-Odoi has made his chances of selection more hard. "We were sloppy with the ball, we didn't move it as quickly as we normally do", Kane said after the match. We tried to change the shape which was not working, we started the second half much better and we had good chances to win the game.

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"Every away game in Europe is hard".

The result means the Czechs join group leaders England on 12 points with four wins, although they have played one game more.

"He's got to do that week in, week out, day in, day out to prove he's as good if not better than those players we are talking about".

"There's still stuff to work on for sure".

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