England stunned as Czechs come from behind to win in Prague

England stunned as Czechs come from behind to win in Prague

Zdenek Ondrasek admitted he is still coming to terms with the mind-blowing moment of scoring the winning goal against England in his first global appearance for the Czech Republic.

PRAGUE, Oct 12 ― England captain Harry Kane said there was no need to panic after losing a first qualifier in 10 years 2-1 to the Czech Republic today, but admitted defeat is a wake-up call ahead of next summer's European championships.

Just 20 minutes later in the 85th minute, Ondrasek connected his right boot to an incoming cross and fired a shot past England goalkeeper Jordan Pickford to give the Czech Republic a 2-1 lead.

"We are always very realistic about where we sit".

"Collectively we have to accept there were not enough good performances.

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We had the ideal start but we were sloppy with the ball and they scored soon after", said Kane, whose fifth-minute penalty was quickly cancelled out by Jakub Brabec. Our performance was not good enough, it's as simple as that.

England manager Gareth Southgate said: "I think we have had a lot of credit over the last couple of years and tonight we did not do enough. But we conceded too many poor chances and we gave the ball away too many times". We were sloppy with the ball, we didn't move it as quickly as we normally do. They had the crowd behind them, sometimes the pitch is not as easy to play, but that's no excuse.

"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".

"He's got to do that week in, week out, day in, day out to prove he's as good if not better than those players we are talking about".

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