England vs Hungary – Football Match Report – Jun 14, 2022

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England vs Hungary - Football Match Report - Jun 14, 2022

England are facing relegation from Group A3 of the UEFA Nations League after suffering their worst home defeat since 1928, losing 4-0 to Hungary in Molineux on Tuesday.

Roland Sallai struck in both halves to propel the visitors to their first away win against England since that famous 6-3 win at Wembley in 1953. England’s misery was compounded in the final 10 minutes as Zsolt Nagy and Daniel Gazdag scored more goals and John Stones was shown a second yellow card, making it one of the worst nights of Gareth Southgate’s reign.

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England remain winless and sit at the bottom of the Nations League group with two points from four games, including a 1-0 defeat by Hungary in the second leg earlier this month. Hungary leads the group with seven points ahead of Germany and Italy. The group winners advance to the Nations League finals next June, while the bottom team is relegated.

Southgate made nine changes from the side who drew against Italy at the weekend to give some fringe players a chance. But despite dominating possession, England created few chances and the experiment failed, prompting loud boos from home support.

“It’s not comfortable,” Southgate said. “The irony is that the pressure we’ve had and the reputation comments have come across both of the Nations League campaigns and in neither campaign have we come anywhere close to picking our strongest teams for the games. The games in which every other English manager has been judged, we have performed at their best in 50 years.

“So there’s a balance in my head. I’m really clear. But I totally understand the reaction tonight. I totally understand that there’s been that narrative all week. I didn’t think it was right after the Germany game. But tonight, I can’t in any way disguise what happened tonight but if we’re judged after the games with our players at full strength then I think that’s a different judgement.

“So I have to accept that the next period will be awkward and uncomfortable. But that’s life as a football manager, you’ll never have six years like us and you won’t have bad nights.

“I know great people like Sir Bobby Robson, what he went through and how he was viewed at the end leading the team to a World Cup semi-final. Football is emotional. People pay to come and watch. They will “give an opinion. The team couldn’t deliver tonight, it’s my fault. So if the flak comes my way, I’ll have to deal with it. It’s not realistic to have the ride I have had for five years and didn’t.” have bad nights, difficult night.”

Sallai started the defeat when he controlled the ball on his knee after a mistaken Stones header before drilling past Aaron Ramsdale in the 16th minute.

Sallai scored a second in the 70th minute with a perfect finish with the outside of his boot after Kalvin Phillips lost a tackle. Nagy chipped Ramsdale and Gazdag drove in from long-range for two late goals that hurt England badly.

England captain Harry Kane, who provided some of England’s few good moments and hit the bar with a header, conceded his side’s second-half surrender was “unacceptable” but urged fans to be lenient.

“This is our first major defeat in a long time. It’s not time to panic, it’s time to hold your head up,” he said.

“We have to turn it on its head and move forward, prepare for the World Cup, we will learn a lot. … Let’s not forget where we come from. Not every game will be perfect.”

After reaching the semi-finals of the last World Cup in Russia and narrowly losing to Italy at last year’s European Championship, England have high hopes for the World Cup in Qatar later this year. But their dismal form in the Nations League left fans stunned and booed as they trotted off the Molineux pitch.

It was the first time England had lost a home game by four goals or more since March 1928 when Scotland beat them 5–1.

Information from Reuters was used in this report.

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