PRAGUE, Oct 12 ― England captain Harry Kane said there was no need to panic after losing a first qualifier in 10 years 2-1 to the Czech Republic today, but admitted defeat is a wake-up call ahead of next summer's European championships.
However, England are aiming to go even further than the semi-final stage they reached at the World Cup and Nations League in the past two years and will need to improve markedly on an error-strewn performance in Prague.
"Our performance wasn't good enough, simple as that".More news: The Wonders Of The "Dark Mode" Feature You Should Know
England manager Gareth Southgate told reporters of the England fans' behaviour: "Of course, always disappointing and I think I've always spoken about how we would want everybody to conduct themselves".
England were handed the ideal start when captain Harry Kane put them ahead from the penalty spot in the fifth minute after Lukas Masopust fouled Raheem Sterling but they were well below their best and slumped to a bitterly disappointing defeat.
When asked if this result was a reality check, Southgate said: "Yes I think so". The goals we conceded were typical of the chances we gave away. "We didn't look any more solid without the ball and we were poor at using the ball in the first half".More news: Intel kills collaboration with AMD on Core processors with Radeon graphics
The Czech Republic play third-placed Kosovo at home next, and victory for the hosts would assure them of an automatic qualification spot.
"It was a ideal start to an away game". "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". We were sloppy with the ball, we didn't move it as quickly as we normally do.
Academy graduate Mount has started every league game under Lampard this season, scoring four goals in his eight outings.More news: Volvo XC40 Electric Shows New Android-Powered Infotainment
"There's still stuff to work on for sure".