England players brought to their knees by Czech republic, surrenders perfect qualifying record
England Football team, The Three Lions surrendered their perfect qualifying record in disappointing fashion as they were upset in Prague thanks to some shoddy defensive work
England’s seemingly serene ride to the European Championship was brought crashing down to earth on Friday by the Czech Republic, deserved winners from behind as they upset the visitors 2-1 in Prague.
It is not quite panic stations for the Three Lions, but the result should serve as a rude reminder that international football is a cut-throat business – especially with such a disastrous defensive effort.
It had all looked so easy for England. Unbeaten in their Euro 2020 qualifying campaign and looking to stroll into next year’s tournament, they even received a welcome gift from their hosts on friday.
The result may not be a disaster for England. They remain odds-on to make Euro 2020 in an automatic qualification place, and would seal a spot on Monday if they down Bulgaria and Kosovo fail to win.
Even so, it is a step backwards for a team that under Southgate has consistently promised more. Bigger challenges will come next year than the sturdy yet rather limited Czechs, and more talented forwards too.
On the evidence of Friday’s showing Europe’s elite goal-scorers will be licking their lips at the prospect of picking holes in England’s ramshackle backline unless serious improvements are made.