Harry Kane: Loss to Czech Republic a 'wake up call'

Tom Homewood
Assistant Producer

England captain Harry Kane says the Three Lions’ loss to the Czech Republic during Euro 2020 qualifying is a ‘wake up call’.

A win in Prague would have secured their place in the finals of next year’s tournament, but the home side came from behind to secure a 2-1 win, handing England their first qualifying loss for ten years.

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.

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"I think it was down to us. It was a perfect start to an away game. We were sloppy with the ball, we didn't move it as quickly as we normally do." Kane told ITV.

"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."

England’s defence will come under scrutiny again after another poor display following their 5-3 win over Kosovo. 30-year-old debutant Zdenek Ondrasek secured all three points for the hosts when left completely unmarked to sweep home from six yards out.

Kane was mindful that the loss means England must win their game against Bulgaria on Monday to secure qualification.

"Every away game in Europe is difficult. They had the crowd behind them, sometimes the pitch is not as easy to play, but that's no excuse. 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. There's no need to panic and we'll go again on Monday."

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