Gareth Southgate’s side fell to a shock Euro 2020 qualifying defeat at the hands of the Czech Republic.
England took the lead through Harry Kane, who dispatched his penalty in the fifth minute after Raheem Sterling was brought down.
Three minutes later, England were tasked with defending a set-piece. This has been a problem in recent times and it was no different tonight. Declan Rice failed to deal with the inswinging ball and Michael Keane looked at sixes and sevens before Jakub Brabec took the opportunity of poor defending and placed the ball in the corner to equalise.
England looked rattled as the Czech Republic took confidence from their equaliser.
In the second half, the Czech Republic made it difficult for England to develop their play and really frustrated them towards the end.
England paid for wasting some chances as the Czech Republic came back late on. Zdenek Ondrasek was free in the penalty box after a pull-back to slot past Jordan Pickford.
England threw all they could to find an equaliser but they never had enough in the end
Here are the player ratings from a disappointing night for England:
GK - Jordan Pickford - 6
Pickford was rarely challenged tonight but was solid in goal when he needed to be and made some important saves from rare Czech forays.
There was nothing he could’ve done for the first goal. He has his weaknesses but his defenders let him down tonight.
RB - Kieran Trippier - 6
Tripper was recalled to the England line-up ahead of the in-form Trent Alexander Arnold.
He offered an outlet down that right-wing, getting forward to support the frontline and overwhelm Czech Republic.
CB - Michael Keane - 4
Keane made a mistake in the last fixture against Kosovo and he showed the same lapse in concentration for the first goal.
There’s no doubting his defensive qualities but he needs to sharpen up on his awareness to cut out the unnecessary errors.
CB - Harry Maguire - 6
Maguire was at the mercy of a poor defensive partner but he isn’t entirely blameless.
As the better player and England regular, he should be able to marshall him and his defenders effectively.
He tried to press the issue with a number of long passes but England weren’t at the races to capitalise on his good distribution.
LB - Danny Rose - 5
Rose didn’t look comfortable tonight.
He is used to playing in a team where the full-backs are as important to the attack as the wingers but he was hemmed in against the Czech Republic’s press.
In the second-half, he found himself more involved and did well to release Raheem Sterling to give the Czech Republic problems.
CDM - Declan Rice - 5
He didn’t do enough of what he does for West Ham tonight.
He is a fantastic player when he is sitting in with another holding midfielder but he wasn’t afforded that luxury and consequently looked at sea.
As England reverted back to a 4-3-3, he became at ease with his role.
He is young but international football is a baptism of fire and where Gareth Southgate has tried a new formation, it doesn’t seem the right one to get the best out of Declan Rice.
CDM - Jordan Henderson - 7
Henderson gives you comittment in his performances but he fundamentally slows down the tempo of the England midfield.
With Rice alongside him, Jordan Henderson needs to focus on bringing the ball out from the back and using his energy to get the ball into Kane.
CAM - Mason Mount - 6
Mount made his England debut tonight and he showed glimpses of why he has been a key figure for Chelsea.
He didn’t get a look in the first-half but his movement out to the left-wing saw him cause the Czech’s right-back issues and allow Raheem Sterling to get into space and remain a threat.
LW - Raheem Sterling - 6
Sterling is England’s most dangerous threat beside Kane and, whilst he couldn’t play his usual game in the first half, he came alive in the second.
A key positive is his relationship with Harry Kane and had the latter been more switched on tonight, he might have grabbed another goal or two.
RW - Jadon Sancho - 5
Sancho is arguably one of the most sought after talents in European football and has earned the right to be labelled this in his domestic league.
Tonight he couldn’t do what he does for Borussia Dortmund and that is get in behind defenders and create chances.
Sancho is a bright talent but Gareth Southgate shouldn’t rely on him to do it all himself from that wing position.
ST - Harry Kane - 6
England huffed and puffed in that first half but Harry Kane did what he is tasked with doing and that’s putting the ball in the back of the net.
He cut a frustrated figure for most of the game. He wasn’t getting the service from either winger, who found themselves devoid of spaces.
Equally, Kane tried to rush the play too often at times. He has suffered in a poor Tottenham team this season, so maybe that has played a factor in his overall play.
Man of the Match - Jordan Henderson
Henderson has enough quality and energy that makes it difficult for the opposition to pick him up and stop him from linking up the attack.
He was superb in the second-half and justified why he is a starter for Gareth Southgate.