England 'not good enough' in loss to Czech Republic - Gareth Southgate

  • England 'not good enough' in loss to Czech Republic - Gareth Southgate

England 'not good enough' in loss to Czech Republic - Gareth Southgate

He will add some extra creative flair to the England team, which the likes of Raheem Sterling, Harry Kane, Marcus Rashford and Jadon Sancho would truly love.

With four wins from their past five qualifiers, the Czech Republic are in good shape to finish in the top two, having moved level on points with England, though next month's visit of third-placed Kosovo still looks likely to be a key game.

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

"We started the second half a lot better and had chances, but we conceded too many poor chances and gave the ball away too many times". "I think it's a night to accept the defeat, congratulate the Czechs and accept that we have to be better than we were".

"From when the manager came in he told us the style of play, how he wanted us to play, how to press". We conceded possession too cheaply and particularly in the first-half we didn't create enough chances.

Speaking in an interview quoted by Metro, Southgate said: "It's exactly what I thought of him when I saw him playing for our Under-16s". However, Southgate's side failed to take advantage of their flawless start, failing to find any rhythm in their play.

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".

A ideal record in the group put England on the brink of qualification going into the game, but they have work to do after a poor defensive performance at Eden Arena.

"Second half we had some good chances that we didn't take and throughout the night we were too open out of possession".

"Every away game in Europe is hard". We tried something to make ourselves a bit more solid without the ball, and that didn't happen.

Keane said after the game: 'My concern always for these players, like [Harry] Maguire and [Michael] Keane - they're in their mid-20s.

"There's still stuff to work on for sure. There's no need to panic and we'll go again on Monday".