England boss Gareth Southgate lays into Three Lions after tame Czech Republic performance



Posted Saturday, October 12, 2019 by Express.co.uk

England boss Gareth Southgate lays into Three Lions after tame Czech Republic performance
England boss Gareth Southgate lays into Three Lions after tame Czech Republic performance (Image: GETTY)

England were beaten 2-1 by Czech Republic to delay qualification to Euro 2020 for Gareth Southgate’s side.

Gareth Southgate did not beat around the bush as he criticised his England side following defeat to Czech Republic.

England were beaten in a qualifier for the first time since 2009 with a Zdenek Ondrasek late winner proving enough for the hosts.

The Three Lions had taken an early lead in Prague thanks to Harry Kane’s penalty but the Czech Republic were level before the ten minute mark.

It was a languid performance from England, who knew a win would secure qualification to next year’s Euros.

It’s almost impossible for Southgate’s side not to qualify now but the boss was not impressed with the performance his team gave.

Speaking to ITV, Southgate said: "I think we have had a lot of credit over the last couple of years and tonight we did not do enough.

“Our performance was not good enough, it's as simple as that. The goals we conceded were typical of the chances we gave away.

"Collectively we have to accept there were not enough good performances.

“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.

"We conceded too many poor chances and we gave the ball away too many times. We knew we'd have to be at full tilt to deal with the Czech Republic but we should have been strong enough to deal with them."

The likes of Mason Mount, Declan Rice and Jadon Sancho were given opportunities from the start but could not stamp their mark on proceedings.

The defending was weak, with Czech set pieces constantly a threat to Jordan Pickford’s goal.

And captain Harry Kane knew exactly where the blame lay for the poor performance.

He said: "I think it was down to us. It was a perfect start to an away game.

“We were sloppy with the ball, we didn't move it as quickly as we normally do.

“The second half was better, we had a couple of chances to put the game to bed and we didn't and unfortunately we gave one away at the end.

"Every away game in Europe is difficult. They had the crowd behind them, sometimes the pitch is not as easy to play, but that's no excuse. It's a bit of a wake up call but we're in a good position.

"There's still stuff to work on for sure. We gave the ball away too cheaply and we'll have to go away and look at it.

“There's no need to panic and we'll go again on Monday."

England now head to Bulgaria for another qualifier on Monday evening.

It will take a much better performance if Southgate wants to secure qualification before next month’s final qualifying matches.

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