UEFA Nations League Round 3: England Vs Hungary Match Preview, Schedule & Confirmed Lineups

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Gareth Southgate had no qualms about describing a behind-closed-doors match at Molineux as an “embarrassment” for England following the Euro 2020 crowd chaos, but the display on the pitch from both teams was not far off a similar description in front of a young and restricted crowd.

 

Aaron Ramsdale was called into action on a couple of occasions while Mason Mount hit the bar for England, but the lucky fans in attendance may not have been feeling so fortunate to attend a largely flat affair – one which leaves the Three Lions winless in the section.

 

Southgate’s side have taken just two points available from a possible nine to remain bottom of the group, which would lead to an unthinkable relegation to League B without an immediate change in fortunes, and scrutiny has inevitable come Southgate’s way.

 

Not since the 2014 World Cup have England gone four games without a win in all competitions, during which they drew a friendly with Honduras before failing to win at all in Rio, while a tally of one goal in three games will surely concern Southgate given the talent at his disposal in attack.

 

Of course, Southgate’s crop entered the hectic schedule of fixtures after their gruelling domestic and continental seasons, leading to a much wider debate regarding player welfare, and Hungary’s resilient streak against the big boys is not letting up anytime soon.

Hungary enter matchday four above Germany and England in second place – just one below Italy and a potential route into the Nations League Finals – but their gritty attitude was still not enough to see them earn a spot in Qatar for the World Cup.

Another disappointingly flat England performance helped Hungary secure a 1-0 win over the Three Lions in Budapest less than two weeks ago, and the Magyars’ most recent trip to England – which was overshadowed by a portion of their fans causing trouble in the stands – saw them travel home from Wembley with a 1-1 draw to boast about.

 

England Nations League form:
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England form (all competitions):
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Hungary Nations League form:
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Hungary form (all competitions):
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