Czech Republic vs. England - Football Match Report

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Czech Republic vs. England - Football Match Report - October 11, 2019

Mason Mount made his full England debut as they lost 2-1 to the Czech Republic in a Euro 2020 qualifier.

The Three Lions arrived in Prague knowing that a win would be enough to seal their qualification for EURO 2020 and three games on home soil.

The Three Lions suffered their first loss in a qualifier in 10 years in Prague, where goals from Jakub Brabec and Zdenek Ondrasek cancelled out Harry Kane's opener from the penalty spot.

'Clearly that is not a night we wanted to be a part of. We've had him marked as a player from the first time I saw him at St. George's [Park]. We conceded possession of the ball too cheaply.

"Particularly in the first half we didn't create enough chances". 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.

Few could have foreseen this outcome given the way England carved the Czechs open to win March's Group A opener 5-0. He switched to 4-3-3 after the interval, when England did look more cohesive.

"I think it was down to us". It's a bit of a wake-up call but we're in a good position. "None of us like it but that's the reality and to sail through a qualifying group with no issue is very unusual". Chelsea would be the same on that, I think. We've got to get a response and it's going to be an interesting couple of days for all of us because we haven't had a result like that, we haven't had a performance like that and we'll learn a lot more about ourselves over the next 48-72 hours.

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

"We didn't look any more solid, and we were poor at using the ball in the first half".

"That said, at 1-1, at half-time, we were able to change that. We've got to respond to that performance on Monday and accept any criticism that comes our way".

Czech counterpart Jaroslav Silhavy spoke in the pre-match press conference about targeting England's imperfections, yet could hardly believe how much joy they experienced on Friday night. They had the crowd behind them, sometimes the pitch is not as easy to play, but that's no excuse.

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