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

Express Sports 1 month ago
England boss Gareth Southgate lays into Three Lions after tame Czech Republic performance

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.

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

“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.

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

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.

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

"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.


Source link
Read also:
The Sun › Sports › 1 month ago
MASON MOUNT is ready to be handed a full England debut against the Czech Republic. Three Lions boss Gareth Southgate has been impressed by the Chelsea ace, 20, at St George’s Park this week. And that could be bad news for Mount’s Stamford Bridge...
BBC News › Sports › 1 month ago
England manager Gareth Southgate accepts his side were not good enough after they were beaten 2-1 by the Czech Republic in the qualifiers for Euro 2020.
Evening Standard › Sports › 1 month ago
Gareth Southgate believes England will swiftly recover from their shock defeat to Czech Republic as they continue their Euro 2020 qualification campaign against Bularia.
The Sun › Sports › 1 month ago
GARETH SOUTHGATE will make major changes for tonight’s Euro 2020 qualifier in Bulgaria. The Three Lions boss is set to swap three of his four defenders as he looks to bounce back from Friday’s 2-1 defeat to Czech Republic. Left-back Ben Chilwell...
The Independent › Sports › 1 month ago
Czech Republic 2-1 England: The Three Lions suffered a setback with the midfield one of the most concerning issues
The Sun › Sports › 1 month ago
ENGLAND face the Czech Republic as they look to make it five wins from five in Group A. Gareth Southgate’s men thrashed the Czech’s 5-0 in their last meeting back in March, but the hosts are a different proposition on home soil. Follow live updates...
The Sun › Sports › 1 month ago
ENGLAND face the Czech Republic as they look to make it five wins from five in Group A. Gareth Southgate’s men thrashed the Czech’s 5-0 in their last meeting back in March, but the hosts are a different proposition on home soil. Follow live updates...
The Sun › Sports › 1 month ago
ENGLAND are in the Czech Republic as they look to continue their perfect start in Group A. Gareth Southgate’s men have four wins from four and thrashed the Czech’s 5-0 in their last meeting back in March, but the hosts are proving a different...
The Sun › Sports › 1 month ago
ENGLAND are in the Czech Republic as they look to continue their perfect start in Group A. Gareth Southgate’s men have four wins from four and thrashed the Czech’s 5-0 in their last meeting back in March, but the hosts are proving a different...
The Sun › Sports › 1 month ago
ENGLAND’S shocking defending against Kosovo left Gareth Southgate “miserable for a month”. But victory against the Czech Republic on Friday will put the smile back on his face as it would book a place at Euro 2020. The Three Lions boss revealed...
Sign In

Sign in to follow sources and tags you love, and get personalized stories.

Continue with Google
OR