England vs. Hungary – Football Match Report – June 14, 2022


England face the prospect of relegation from UEFA Nations League Group A3 after suffering their worst home defeat since 1928 with a 4-0 loss to Hungary at Molineux on Tuesday.

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

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England remain winless and bottom of their Nations League group with two points from four games, including a 1-0 loss to Hungary in the reverse fixture earlier this month. Hungary leads the group with seven points, ahead of Germany and Italy. The group winners go to the Nations League final next June, while the bottom team is relegated.

Southgate made nine changes from the team that drew with Italy at the weekend to give some fringe players a chance. But despite dominating possession, England created few chances, and the experiment backfired to loud boos from the home crowd.

“It’s not nice,” Southgate said. “The irony is that the pressure we’ve had and the reputation talk has come in both Nations League campaigns, and in neither campaign have we come anywhere close to being able to pick our strongest teams for matches. The games in which every other manager in England has been judged, we have had the best performances for 50 years.

“So there’s a balance in my head. It’s very clear to me. But I totally understand the response tonight. I totally understand there’s been this narrative all week. I didn’t think that was right after the Germany game. But tonight I can’t disguise what happened tonight in any way, shape, or form, but if we’re judged in matches with our full-strength players, then I think that’s a different assessment.

“So I have to accept that the next term is going to be unpleasant and uncomfortable. But that’s life as a football manager, you’re never going to be six years old like we have been and you won’t have bad nights.”

“I know great people like Sir Bobby Robson, for what he had to go through and how he was seen at the end of leading the team to a World Cup semi-final. Football is emotional. People pay to come and watch. They are going to give an opinion. The team couldn’t deliver tonight, my responsibility. So if criticism comes my way, then I have to deal with it. It’s unrealistic to have had the ride I’ve had for five years and not have bad nights difficult night.”

Sallai started the scoring when he controlled the ball with his knee after a misguided header by the Stones before getting past Aaron Ramsdale in the 16th minute.

Sallai scored the second in the 70th minute with a perfect shot with the outside of his boot after Kalvin Phillips had lost a tackle. Nagy hit Ramsdale, and Gazdag drove from distance into the corner for two late goals that caused England pain.

England captain Harry Kane, who provided some of England’s few quality moments and hit the crossbar with a header, acknowledged his team’s second-half capitulation was “unacceptable” but urged fans to forgive. .

“It’s our first big loss in a long time. It’s not time to panic, it’s time to keep our heads up,” he said.

“We have to take it easy and move on, prepare for the World Cup, we will learn a lot… Let’s not forget where we come from. It’s not going to be perfect in every game.”

After reaching the last World Cup semi-finals in Russia and then narrowly losing last year’s European Championship to Italy, England have high hopes for the World Cup in Qatar later this year. But his dismal form in the Nations League has baffled fans and saw jeers as they walked off the Molineux pitch.

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

Information from Reuters was used in this report.