Roy Keane took aim at several England players on Friday evening following the team's 2-1 defeat to the Czech Republic.
Victory in Prague on Saturday morning (Oct 12, Singapore time) would have secured qualification for a tournament where England will enjoy home advantage for most of their games with London one of 12 host cities. Legendary Krasimir Balakov is the nation's eleventh head coach in the past 15 years and the Eastern Europeans haven't featured in the top 30 of FIFA's world rankings for over a decade now.
"I don't want to discuss individuals but I know pretty much everything about all my players".
"We have had disappointing results in some big matches against high-calibre opposition, but against the slightly lower ranked teams, that's our first experience of that". "I just wanted to hit the ball right and put it in the net".
"I think my dad had tears in his eyes and it was the first time in my life I saw him like this. It's a great win and great feeling".
Zdenek Ondrasek was the hero with an 85th minute victor and it ended England's 43-game unbeaten streak in qualifier that goes back 10 years.
Gareth Southgate's men have three more opportunities to get the job done and could do so as early as Tuesday, with victory in Bulgaria if Kosovo also fail to beat Montenegro.
A 2-1 defeat is far from terminal for their chances of qualifying. "We know it's going to be a hard game again and we have to be at our best", he said.
No-one can complain about his decision to give Chelsea's in-form Mason Mount his debut ahead of team-mate Ross Barkley but the youngster never flourished in an advanced midfield position in the first half.
"We conceded too many poor chances and we gave the ball away too many times".
The Three Lions are still well-placed to qualify as they top Group A thanks to a better head-to-head record against the Czechs after winning the first meeting between the sides 5-0 at Wembley in March.
Maddison, in fine form for Leicester this season, was called up for England's games against Bulgaria and Kosovo last month but did not get onto the pitch and was said to be fuming.
"He sent a message to say that the story was going to be in the paper and that's it", Southgate explained.