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Gareth Southgate says England got what they deserved following the Czech Republic inflicted their 1st qualifying defeat in a decade.

The 3 Lions blew the possibility to seal Euro 2020 qualification with 3 matches to spare as the Czechs capitalised on the visitors’ listless functionality in Prague.

Harry Kane’s fifth-minute penalty was as superior as it got for England, with Jakub Brabec immediately levelling and substitute Zdenek Ondrasek netting a dream debut aim late on as the Czech Republic secured a memorable two-1 comeback win.

Zdenek Ondrasek stunned England with a late goal in Prague
Zdenek Ondrasek stunned England with a late aim in Prague (Nick Potts/PA)

Southgate had no arguments about the outcome as his side’s ponderous functionality led to a 43-match unbeaten run in European and Globe Cup qualifying matches coming to an finish, 10 years and a day given that losing 1- in Ukraine.

“Clearly that is not a evening that we wanted to be a component of in terms of that record,” Southgate mentioned.

“We didn’t play nicely adequate, easy as that. We conceded possession of the ball as well cheaply.

“Particularly in the 1st half we didn’t generate adequate probabilities. Second half we had some superior probabilities that we didn’t take and all through the evening we had been as well open out of possession.

Fabio Capello, pictured here in Ukraine in 2009, was manager when England last lost a qualifying match
Fabio Capello, pictured right here in Ukraine in 2009, was manager when England final lost a qualifying match (Owen Humphreys/PA)

“Some of that was simply because of providing the ball away. So we gave the Czechs, who played nicely, got to give them credit, we gave them as well several possibilities to score.”

Couple of could have foreseen this outcome offered the way England carved the Czechs open to win March’s Group A opener five-.

But, a lot like final month’s five-three win against Kosovo, Southgate’s side looked shaky at the back – and this time they lacked the attacking spark to get them by way of.

“I believe what ever the balance, we didn’t use the ball nicely adequate,” mentioned the England boss, whose side face Bulgaria in Sofia on Monday.


“And in terms of a wake-up contact, I believe we’ve had a lot of plaudits. I believe we’ve normally maintained that there’s a lot of perform to be completed to be a seriously major group.

“I believe tonight was clear proof of that. We have to respond in the appropriate way. We have a couple of days to regroup, not lengthy, and we have to reward our supporters with a far better functionality than we gave tonight.

“I do not believe it is a evening for positives, that is for confident. I believe it is a evening to accept the defeat, congratulate the Czechs and accept that we have to be far better than we had been.”

Asked how a lot blame he accepts obtaining chosen some out-of-kind players in an ineffective four-two-three-1 formation, Southgate mentioned: “Yeah, appear, I normally have to accept duty.

Southgate and his assistant Steve Holland walk off the pitch dejected after the match
Southgate and his assistant Steve Holland stroll off the pitch dejected following the match (Nick Potts/PA)

“We attempted one thing to make ourselves a bit far more strong without having the ball, and that didn’t come about.

“We didn’t appear any far more strong, and we had been poor at working with the ball in the 1st half.

“That mentioned, at 1-1, at half-time, we had been in a position to modify that. I believe we had been far better in the second half and we made probabilities to win the game.

“In terms of the players, I believe there are players who are not playing nicely for their clubs, but that is the circumstance we’re in at the moment, definitely in a couple of positions. So, yeah, we collectively have to accept the outcome, but of course, as the manager, then I’ve got to accept that as nicely, definitely.”

Czech counterpart Jaroslav Silhavy spoke in the pre-match press conference about targeting England’s imperfections, but could hardly think how a lot joy they seasoned on Friday evening.

“I’m definitely more than the moon but I have to thank my players, 1st and foremost, simply because they played fantastic,” he mentioned.

“It was a 100 per cent functionality and that is the only way to succeed seriously, so we are extremely content and I believe time will show that we created history tonight simply because we defeated England following so several years and at a time when they are playing seriously nicely.

“The functionality was seriously fantastic, we had been active and created England sweat even although they are a extremely powerful group.”

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