England suffered a shock 2-1 loss to Czech Republic in European Qualifying Group A, but who damaged their future selection prospects? And who provided the only real bright spot?
A night to forget for England as they lose their first qualifier in 10 years. SSN reporters Kaveh Solehkol and Rob Dorsett reflect on a poor night for Gareth Southgate’s men
England player ratings
Jordan Pickford – 7
Little he could do about Czech Republic’s equaliser and England would have already conceded if not for his one-handed save from Lukas Masopust a minute earlier. Made another acrobatic stop from the same player in the second half and also kept out Alex Kral before Zdenek Ondrasek’s winner.
Kieran Trippier – 5
Missed his near-post header for Jakub Brabec’s goal. Unconvincing defensively at times and not nearly as effective as usual going forwards either. Wasted one counter-attacking opportunity with a loose pass in the first half and, uncharacteristically, did not even attempt a single cross.
Michael Keane – 4
Kept his place in the team ahead of Joe Gomez, Tyrone Mings and Fikayo Tomori but this shaky performance will have damaged his long-term prospects. His slack marking allowed Brabec to poke home Czech Republic’s equaliser and he was also caught out of position for the hosts’ winner. Looked uncertain in possession throughout.
Harry Maguire – 5
His partnership with Keane does not look convincing. Had some awkward moments defensively and was unable to get close enough to Masopust in the build-up to the decisive goal. Did at least fare better than his centre-back partner with the ball, completing 95 per cent of his passes.
Danny Rose – 5
Czech Republic seemed to target him, directing the majority of their attacks down his flank. Booked in the first half, meaning he will be suspended for the Bulgaria game, and walked a disciplinary tightrope thereafter.