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

Tanya Simon
October 12, 2019

Gareth Southgate has admitted his England team suffered a reality check after falling to their first qualification defeat for 10 years against Czech Republic in Prague.

England are now cruising in Euro 2020 qualifying, with four wins from their opening four matches, scoring 19 goals and conceding just four so far.

Anticipation is high regarding England's chances of success at the tournament as the semi-finals and final are due to be played at Wembley. We've had him marked as a player from the first time I saw him at St. George's [Park].

Mikel left the Stamford Bridge in 2017 to seal a move to Tianjin TEDA in China making a total of 31 appearances scoring three goals in the process. We know there is a long way for us to go to become one of the top teams in Europe.

"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".

"We didn't play well enough, simple as that". We probably should have got a draw out of it, but in the end the goal we conceded was typical of the chances we gave away throughout the night.

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"Collectively we have to accept there were not enough good performances". We had chances, good chances to win the game. "We didn't look any more solid without the ball and we were poor at using the ball in the first half".

Harry Kane's penalty gave England a flawless start but they could not hold the lead. The skipper conceded the result was a wake-up call for all concerned.

"I think we have had a lot of credit over the last couple of years and tonight we did not do enough", he told ITV.

"We weren't fighting and pressing as much as we normally do", added Kane. I think we were better in the second half and we created chances to win the game.

"Every away game in Europe is hard". It's a bit of a wake-up call.

'We'll regroup, there's no need to panic, ' said the striker.

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