Southgate admits England 'not good enough' in Czech Republic defeat

Raheem Sterling

Victory in Prague on Friday will see England qualify with three games to spare

England's Harry Kane reacts during the match against Czech Republic, October 12, 2019. "None of us like it but that's the reality and to sail through a qualifying group with no issue is very unusual". Here in the 2-1 defeat in Prague they did everything wrong, playing with none of the qualities we have seen from England at their best.

England were handed the flawless start when captain Harry Kane put them ahead from the penalty spot in the fifth minute after Lukas Masopust fouled Raheem Sterling but they were well below their best and slumped to a bitterly disappointing defeat. Our performance was not good enough, it's as simple as that. This was a step in the wrong direction, away from the future we thought was ahead of us, back into something less convincing, less impressive but far more familiar. 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. The skipper conceded the result was a wake-up call for all concerned.

England manager Gareth Southgate told reporters of the England fans' behaviour: "Of course, always disappointing and I think I've always spoken about how we would want everybody to conduct themselves".

The USA winger has not started a Premier League game since August and the return to fitness of Hudson-Odoi has made his chances of selection more hard.

Academy graduate Mount has started every league game under Lampard this season, scoring four goals in his eight outings. It's a bit of a wake-up call but we're in a good position.

"There's still stuff to work on for sure".

"He's got to play better than them in training, he's got to run harder, he's got to go past people with the ball, he's got to make things happen and then have a little look over to Frank Lampard and say "I'm ready". There's no need to panic and we'll go again on Monday".

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