England’s loss to Czech Republic was their first loss in qualifying in close to a decade which showed the dominance that the Three Lions have displayed during this period of time. The general perception from the British media was that the loss was due to the poor midfield selection by manager Gareth Southgate.
This has been a reoccurring issue for Southgate during his time as England boss. Despite the wealth of attacking options for the team, the midfield is one area where England lacks star quality. Henderson came under heavy fire, the Liverpool captain is a quality player, but he is not the sort of player that can dictate the tempo of the game.