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By Phil McNulty
Chief football writer in Prague
England should wait to verify their location after their 43-game unbeaten streak was finished by the Republic deservedly in qualifiers.
Gareth Southgates side could have secured their place in next summers championship but they could have no complaints following a screen against a side that were a different proposition from which spanned aside 5-0 in Wembley in March.
When they beat Bulgaria and Kosovo dont beat Montenegro, england can still qualify on Monday.
England were handed the perfect start when captain Harry Kane put them ahead following Lukas Masopust fouled Raheem Sterling from the penalty spot in the fifth minute but they had been well below their best and slumped to a defeat.
The Czechs were level when Jakub Brabec scored following a corner. England could not muster further inspiration and substitute Zdenek Ondrasek pounced to score the winner with four minutes .
England were weak during and were grateful to goalkeeper Jordan Pickford, who produced fine rescue from Vladimir Masopust Coufal and Alex Kral, while Czech counterpart Tomas Vaclik did well to deny Sterling and Kane.
They could put things right from Bulgaria in Sofia on Monday however this was a reality check for a side expecting to do good things since they went down 1-0 to Ukraine on 10 October 47, dropping a qualifier for the very first time.
This will rank as the director himself has to carry his share of the responsibility and one of their worst performances of the predominate of Southgate.
No-one can complain about his decision to offer his debut to Chelsea Mason Mount however the child never flourished in an advanced position in the first half.
Components will enjoy facing Southgate and this England defence is currently running from time to apply the correct
Mount was hardly able to influence the game and with Jordan Henderson and Declan Rice pedestrian and exposed, England found themselves overrun by the sprightly Czechs.
The powerful attacking trio of Sterling, Kane and Jadon Sancho of england were all out which makes them in every area of the pitch.
The Czech Republic, backed with a noisy crowd in Prague, gathered optimism and momentum and it was no surprise when Pickfords resistance was finally broken by Ondrasek late on.
This was simply not great from England along with when they won in Southampton, also the concerns that surfaced concerning their quality will just grow after this.
Any expect the doubt that characterised Englands success against Kosovo had been addressed was banished in Prague inside the first ten minutes.
Since the Czech Republic reacted to England salvo pickford saved brilliantly from Coufal however there was the trademark confusion in the consequent corner that finished stabbing home from close variety.
England lived and it was not a shock when they finally conceded late on.
While Kieran Trippier and Danny Rose hardly covered themselves in glory evertons Michael Keane struggles.
Harry Maguire seems the one staple in defence however he fails to exude confidence .
To put it differently, quality components will enjoy facing this England defence and Southgate is currently running out of time to apply the correct.
England travel to Bulgaria on Monday (kick-off 19:45 BST) looking to secure a spot at Euro 2020.
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