Harry Kane says Czech loss is ‘wake-up call’ as he slams ‘sloppy’ England team-mates

The Sun Sports 2 months ago

HARRY KANE slammed his team-mates as England slid to their first qualifying defeat in TEN YEARS.

Skipper Kane gave Gareth Southgate’s men a perfect start with a fifth-minute penalty before Jakub Brabec and Zdenek Ondrasek rocked the Three Lions.

Harry Kane was furious with England team-mates after shock loss to Czech Republic
Kane slotted his early penalty down the middle… but it was all downhill from there

England’s previous loss in a qualifier came against Ukraine in October 2009.

Kane fumed: “It was down to us. We went ahead early and had the perfect start to an away game. After that we were sloppy with the ball, they scored not long after, and we just didn’t move it as quickly as we normally do.

“We weren’t fighting, we weren’t pressing as much as we do. We gave the ball away too cheaply, especially in the first half.

“It’s a bit of a wake-up call.”

Harry Kane

“We had a couple of chances to put the game to bed but didn’t and unfortunately gave one away at the end. It’s a bit of a wake-up call.”

Boss Southgate admitted before this Euro 2020 qualifier that he was left miserable for a month by the shocking defending against Kosovo in last month’s 5-3 victory.

And his mood would not have improved after seeing errors from Declan Rice, Michael Keane and Jordan Pickford in this sloppy defeat.

Southgate said: “It was tough but we have had a lot of credit over the last couple of years and tonight we didn’t do enough.

“The performance wasn’t good enough simple as that. We probably should have got the draw but in the end the goals we conceded were typical of the chances we gave up through the night.

“There were things we can look back on but collectively we have to accept that there weren’t enough good performances.

“We tried a change of shape in the first half that probably didn’t work as well as it might.

“We started the second half a lot better and looked much more of a threat and created good chances to win the game.

“But we concede too many poor chances and we gave the ball away too many times.

“The Czechs were very strong at set pieces and we knew we would have to be at full tilt to cope with them but that’s an area you always have to be strong.”

Victory in Prague would have sealed a place at next summer’s finals but England will do so if they beat Bulgaria in Sofia on Monday and Kosovo fail to overcome Montenegro.

Kane added: “We will regroup but there is no need to panic. We still have to win the game on Monday.”


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