England beaten in Prague
England traveled to Prague on Friday evening for their first qualifier of the break.
The Three Lions smashed the Czech Republic 5-0 in their last outing so Gareth Southgate’s side were probably oozing confidence heading into this match.
However, instead of another 5-0 thrashing, England were presented with a much more difficult evening of football, in which they never really found their stride.
England would eventually go on to lose the match 2-1.
That was England’s first loss in a European Championship/World Cup qualifier since October of 2009.
43 – England have lost a European Championship/World Cup qualifying match for the first time since October 10th 2009 (a 1-0 defeat to Ukraine), ending a sequence of 43 qualifying matches unbeaten (W34 D9). Uninspired. pic.twitter.com/MC7v8KTFxJ
— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) October 11, 2019
Highlights: Czech Republic 2-England 1
Keane on England
Former Manchester United midfielder Roy Keane was a pundit for British broadcaster ITV during the England tie.
After the clash, Keane gave his thoughts on England’s display.
Keane stated that England started slowly, got what they deserved and mentioned self-inflicted goals:
“I think there was a lot of frustration.
“They got what they deserved. Started slowly, never quite recovered.
“No intensity, no fight in parts of the game. When you start the game slowly it’s a long way back.
“And a lot of those problems, particularly when you look at the winning goal. So it is self-inflicted, we’ve seen that in the previous couple of games, and they’ve got nobody to blame but themselves.” As quoted by the Mirror.
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