England have learned lessons from Czech Republic setback, says Gareth Southgate

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.

England missed the chance to seal their qualification for next summer’s competition as they lost their first European or World Cup qualifier in a decade in Prague on Friday night. 

The Three Lions are out to get back on track on Monday night and Southgate says he has been pleased with the reaction he has seen from his side.  

Ahead of Monday night's Group A clash in Sofia, England boss Southgate told Sky Sports News: "We have a very honest group and are very self-reflective. They don't need me to tell them when they haven't played at the level they can.

"The key is always to recover from the result. We have to move forward and focus on tomorrow.

1/33

"I don't think defeats harm teams if the reaction is good. Then what you learn from defeats and the resilience from defeats are important parts of a player's career.

"I have always maintained that we have to qualify, and we haven't secured that qualification yet and our focus tomorrow is to get the performance and result."

There has been suggestion that Southgate may revert to a three-man defence which was used to great effect during last year's run to the World Cup semi-final, but the England boss remained coy on the idea.

Action Images via Reuters
Getty Images
Getty Images
REUTERS
AP
PA
REUTERS
REUTERS
PA
AFP via Getty Images
AP
AP
AP
Getty Images
AFP via Getty Images
Action Images via Reuters
AFP via Getty Images
AFP via Getty Images
Getty Images
AP
Action Images via Reuters
AFP via Getty Images
Getty Images
AP
AFP via Getty Images
Action Images via Reuters
Action Images via Reuters
REUTERS
Action Images via Reuters
Action Images via Reuters
Action Images via Reuters
PA
Getty Images
Action Images via Reuters
Getty Images
Getty Images
REUTERS
AP
PA
REUTERS
REUTERS
PA
AFP via Getty Images
AP
AP
AP
Getty Images
AFP via Getty Images
Action Images via Reuters
AFP via Getty Images
AFP via Getty Images
Getty Images
AP
Action Images via Reuters
AFP via Getty Images
Getty Images
AP
AFP via Getty Images
Action Images via Reuters
Action Images via Reuters
REUTERS
Action Images via Reuters
Action Images via Reuters
Action Images via Reuters
PA
Getty Images
PA
PA
PA
PA
PA
PA
AFP via Getty Images
AFP via Getty Images
AFP via Getty Images
AFP via Getty Images
AFP via Getty Images
AFP via Getty Images
PA
PA
PA
PA
PA
PA
AFP via Getty Images
AFP via Getty Images
AFP via Getty Images
AFP via Getty Images
AFP via Getty Images
AFP via Getty Images

"We are always looking at every aspect," he added. "We train and have meetings specifically on every area of the performance. There is always particular focus when an area is not going too well.

"In terms of tactical adjustments, we are always thinking about the best way to get the best players on the field, be the most dangerous, to get the best of our strengths but hide our weaknesses.

"We have done that over three years. We have tried different formations, we tried something first half the other night. In hindsight - because of the result - it didn't work but it doesn't mean it was wrong to have a go at it.

"If we don't ever think about evolving and trying those things then we will never progress as a team. We will always continue to make those assessments and the priority is to put in a good performance."

Additional reporting from Press Association


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...
Express › Sports › 1 month ago
England were beaten 2-1 by Czech Republic to delay qualification to Euro 2020 for Gareth Southgate’s side.
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.
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 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 Guardian › Sports › 1 month ago
Gareth Southgate suggested that England’s Euro 2020 hopes had been given a wake-up call after they were beaten by the Czech Republic
The New York Times › Sports › 1 month ago
England manager Gareth Southgate said his team were simply not good enough after they slumped to a 2-1 Euro 2020 qualifying defeat away to the Czech Republic on Friday.
Sign In

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

Continue with Google
OR