Gareth Southgate says England 'not good enough' in Prague

Ross Houston
October 12, 2019

Speaking after his team's 2-1 defeat, England manager Gareth Southgate said of the crowd disturbances: "Of course, it's always disappointing and I think I've always spoken about how we would want everybody to conduct themselves".

Kane was mindful that the loss means England must win their game against Bulgaria on Monday to secure qualification.

Who will reach the finals? It would eventually be the game-winner as England had no response to Ondrasek's goal.

"I think it was down to us", he told ITV.

"We knew that Frank Lampard and John Terry would be very important managers, but as teammates we first thought that John Terry would come to this level". But as the season has gone on, I've got used to it.

Sterling, who has become a widely-respected voice on the subject of racism in football, believes that racist abuse is a result of "miseducation" and a lack of diversity in some countries. So, I think some of these things are for other people to deal with. "I think, especially in our country, where it's really diverse, getting to be around different ethnicities, I think that makes it a lot easier".

"I always have to accept responsibility", Southgate said.

"Every away game in Europe is hard".

"You feel that one word out of place, one incorrect phrasing leads to possible problems that could be flagged towards another team, made to make a story towards another team or potentially made to look as if there's a split or a disagreement within our camp". "That's not something we've been able to do. 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". "We'd much rather prevent a situation developing than try to manage it on the night and regret it afterwards".

"We're very clear on that".

And they now go into Monday's game with Bulgaria knowing that even if they win in Sofia, qualification will still be dependent on the outcome of Kosovo's match with Montenegro on the same night. We did not get the reaction we needed.

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