Gareth Southgate admits England's Czech Republic defeat is a reality check

Gareth Southgate admits England's Czech Republic defeat is a reality check

We weren't good enough. We conceded possession of the ball too cheaply.

"We knew that Frank Lampard and John Terry would be very important managers, but as teammates we first thought that John Terry would come to this level".

"We've got plenty to look back on but we have to accept collectively there weren't enough good performances".

"Now we know what he wants in the press, so for us, it's about giving defenders no time on the ball - just rushing them", Abraham told The Athletic.

"We tried to change the shape in the first half but it didn't work as well as it might", admitted Southgate. So, I think some of these things are for other people to deal with.

Gareth Southgate did not beat around the bush as he criticised his England side following defeat to Czech Republic.

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He will add some extra creative flair to the England team, which the likes of Raheem Sterling, Harry Kane, Marcus Rashford and Jadon Sancho would truly love. However, Southgate's side failed to take advantage of their flawless start, failing to find any rhythm in their play.

Speaking to ITV, Southgate said: "I think we have had a lot of credit over the last couple of years and tonight we did not do enough".

Mount has scored four goals in eight Premier League games for Chelsea FC so far this season and he has started all of the Blues' top flight games this term. 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. It's a bit of a wake-up call but we're in a good position.

"I'm so conscious, the most important thing for me, my players are being put in very hard situations every time they're questioned on the subject", he said.

Keane said after the game: 'My concern always for these players, like [Harry] Maguire and [Michael] Keane - they're in their mid-20s.

And they now go into Monday's game with Bulgaria knowing that even if they win in Sofia, qualification will still be dependent on the outcome of Kosovo's match with Montenegro on the same night.

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