Harry Kane has admitted that England were given “a wake up call” in their 2-1 defeat to Czech Republic on Friday night – and has called for his team to improve ahead of upcoming fixtures.
The Three Lions’ captain gave his side the perfect start after converting a penalty in the fifth minute, but that was to be the high point of a rather dismal showing from England, who lacked cohesion and any sort of plan from the get go.
The Tottenham striker said, as reported by The Sun, that he felt as though himself and his teammates should’ve have been better. It was the first time England had fallen to defeat in a qualifier in ten years.
Kane explained: “It was down to us. We went ahead early and had the perfect start to an away game. After that we were sloppy with the ball, they scored not long after, and we just didn’t move it as quickly as we normally do.
“We weren’t fighting, we weren’t pressing as much as we do. We gave the ball away too cheaply, especially in the first half.
”It’s a bit of a wake-up call but we’re in a good position. There’s still stuff to work on for sure. We gave the ball away too cheaply and we’ll have to go away and look at it.”
England’s last defeat in the qualifying stages came against Ukraine in October 2009, but they maintain a good position in their group – sharing top spot with Czech Republic with 12 points.
Their next fixture takes place against Bulgaria on October 14, before two matches to close the group against Montenegro and Kosovo next month.