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‘We need to be better’: Harry Maguire admits England defence must improve

• Maguire says struggles at club level may have had impact
• England have conceded five times in last two matches

Harry Maguire has acknowledged that England’s defending must improve after defeat by Czech Republic and admitted that a testing start to the season for several of Gareth Southgate’s first-choice backline contributed to their slapdash display in Prague.

Maguire has struggled to live up to his status as the world’s most expensive defender since moving to Old Trafford in the summer for £80m, with the former Leicester player again noticeably below his best against the Czechs. It was a similar story for fellow centre-half Michael Keane, who - like Everton teammate Jordan Pickford - has suffered four consecutive Premier League defeats and was caught out at the back post for Jakub Brabec’s equaliser in the first half.

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