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

Raheem Sterling at England training

Raheem Sterling at England training

The Czechs were swiftly level when Jakub Brabec scored following a corner.

And after the match, Southgate was blunt with his appraisal of his team's performance.

The Czech Republic deservedly ended England's 43-game unbeaten run in qualifiers stretching back 10 years.

"We are always very realistic about where we sit". We know there is a long way for us to go to become one of the top teams in Europe. "But we collectively have to accept the result and, as the manager, I've got to accept that as well, absolutely".

"Our performance wasn't good enough, simple as that". I think we were better in the second half and we created chances to win the game. We had chances, good chances to win the game. "But we conceded too many poor chances and we gave the ball away too many times".

Kane put Gareth Southgate's side in front from the penalty spot which he described as the "perfect start", before the Czech Republic responded just four minutes later. However, Southgate's side failed to take advantage of their ideal start, failing to find any rhythm in their play.

"I think we have had a lot of credit over the last couple of years and tonight we did not do enough", he told ITV.

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.

"We weren't fighting and pressing as much as we normally do", added Kane.

"Every away game in Europe is hard".

"When those two players, Hudson-Odoi and Mason Mount, have worked hard on the Saturday and they've played a full game and then they come in on Monday and they can't quite work at full pace, that's when Pulisic has got to take the opportunity". It's a bit of a wake-up call. We gave the ball away too cheaply and we'll have to go away and look at it.

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