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

Ross Houston
October 12, 2019

Zdenek Ondrasek admitted he is still coming to terms with the mind-blowing moment of scoring the winning goal against England in his first global appearance for the Czech Republic.

Police in Prague made a series of arrests after crowd trouble involving England fans at Friday's Euro 2020 qualifying match.

England last lost a qualifying game for a major tournament on Oct 10, 2009, a 1-0 away loss to Ukraine in a 2010 World Cup qualifier.


"But equally, tonight, I think everybody would expect me to focus on getting my job right and make sure that I get the performance that we need from the team".

"Our performance wasn't good enough, simple as that. We gave (the Czechs) too many opportunities to score". "But 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".

Harry Kane had put England ahead with a penalty in the fifth minute after Raheem Sterling was brought down by Masopust.


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"We were sloppy with the ball, we didn't move it as quickly as we normally do", Kane said after the match. We went ahead early and had the flawless start to an away game.

"The second-half was a bit better but we didn't take a couple of chances".

"Every away game in Europe is hard".


Brabec was all too easily able to level from a ninth-minute corner as the Czechs played with confidence throughout the first half and kicked on after the break at a bouncing Sinobo Stadium. "There's no need to panic and we'll go again on Monday".

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