Declan Rice looks dejected during Czech Republic vs England
Gareth Southgate has a problem. The England manager needs to find a solution in his team’s midfield – and his attempted fix on Friday night backfired badly.
England had cruised through this Euro 2020 qualifying campaign, scoring goals galore against their limited Group A opponents.
But against the Czech Republic on Friday night – where they suffered their first qualifying defeat in 10 years – their long-standing difficulty in building play from the back and up the pitch through midfield resurfaced in glaring fashion.