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Hungary 1 – 0 England

A lethargic England started their Nations League group with a first loss to Hungary in 60 years as Dominik Szoboszlai’s controversial penalty secured a 1-0 victory in Budapest.

The Three Lions looked uneasy throughout a 3-4-3 formation, which included debutants James Justin and Jarrod Bowen, and at the end of a long domestic season they suffered their first loss in 90 minutes since November 2020 thanks to Szoboszlai’s kick (66).

Hungary, whose fans booed England by taking the knee at kick-off as the game was being played “behind closed doors”, had already taken advantage of the best of chances before scoring. Conor Coady cleared an early effort from Szoboszlai off the line, before Zsolt Nagy and Adam Szalai were both close to opening the scoring.

Hungary’s Dominik Szoboszlai scored his seventh international goal against England

Justin was sent off with a calf injury at half-time and England continued to struggle after the break but were unfortunate to be penalized when substitute Reece James was ruled for fouling Nagy just inside the penalty area.

Hungary scored a point in their World Cup qualifying group at Wembley last year after taking the lead from there, but this time Szoboszlai’s emphatic penalty secured all three at Puskas Arena. And their victory could have been even more emphatic had Andras Schafer completed an open goal after Jordan Pickford prevented another shot from Szoboszlai.

Testing continues with Germany’s next opponents in League A, Group 3 on Tuesday as Hungary look to claim five wins from six against European champions Italy.

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Conor Coady says it’s important England bounce back from suffering their first defeat in 23 games against Hungary in the Nations League.

Player ratings

Hungary: Gulacsi (6), Lang (6), Atilla Szalai (6), Orban (7), Nego (7), Adam Nagy (6), Adam Szalai (7), Szoboszlai (8), Schafer (6), Zsolt Nagy (7), Salai (6).

Subtitles: Kleinheisler (6), Styles, Viola, Vecsei, Adam (n/a).

England: Pickford (6), Alexander-Arnold (5), Walker (6), Maguire (6), Coady (6), Justin (5), Rice (6), Bellingham (6), Mount (5), Bowen (7) ), Kane (5).

Subtitles: Saka (6), Stones (6), James (5), Grealish (6), Phillips (6).

Man of the match: Dominik Szoboszlai.

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“We have a huge game coming up on Tuesday,” England defender Conor Coady told Channel 4. “We have to look at this performance and learn from it very quickly.

“I think we’ve started pretty well. We have to tidy up and bounce back. We have to look at how we’ve performed and how we’re moving forward because these are big games for us.”

Hungary 1 – 0 England
Jarrod Bowen shows his dejection

There have been talking points throughout Gareth Southgate’s selection with Justin making his debut at left-back, Jude Bellingham given just his fifth start in midfield and Bowen finally fit to do so. his arc to England on the right of a front three.

Justin’s game only lasted 45 minutes as he failed to shake off a minor injury he suffered midway through the opening period, and he was partly to blame for the move that led to Szoboszlai’s early efforts.

Bellingham’s midfield audition was equally unremarkable. His partnership with Declan Rice looked uncomfortable from the start in an unfamiliar pairing, and the duo failed to provide the protective screen England needed to stop Hungary’s diagonal balls, which confused the Three Lions all night.

Team News

Gareth Southgate has named two debutants, Jarrod Bowen and James Justin, in his first competitive starting lineup of 2022.

The England boss has returned to the 3-4-3 formation he often favored at Euro 2020, with Bowen and Mason Mount starting either side of Harry Kane in attack.

Kyle Walker fell into a back three alongside recalled Conor Coady, while Justin lined up at left-back against Trent Alexander-Arnold.

The only bright spot for players looking to make a name for themselves was Bowen, who looked at home in the international fold and netted four of England’s 12 shots in the 90 minutes while looking their most creative player.

Coady was another bright spot for Southgate, showing a good conscience to clear Szoboszlai’s shot towards goal off the line and eyeing a header inches from the far post at the other end from a free-kick. , but he still looks likely to remain on the periphery of England’s squad ahead of the World Cup.

England struggles to produce rare white

England had scored in each of their last 14 games, netting 45 goals en route, since a goalless draw – almost as frustrating as their loss in Budapest – against Scotland in the group stage of the Premier League. Euro 2020 last summer.

Hungary keeper Peter Gulacsi didn’t need to be at his best to end the Three Lions’ run as tired legs and a lack of attacking pace, despite the visitors dominating possession, ensured they would fail in the Hungarian capital.

Harry Kane often dropped deep to get involved in the build, but let England run out of numbers in the Hungarian box, and it wasn’t until Bukayo Saka, introduced as a half-time substitute, ran and tested Gulacsi from a tight angle as the former Liverpool goalkeeper was called into action.

Hungary 1 – 0 England
Jarrod Bowen was sharp on his England debut and made four of England’s 12 shots in Budapest

Bowen’s already positive debut could have been even brighter had he completed one of the many half chances given to him, with the best a well-hit volley from Harry Maguire’s raked ball comfortably held by the stopper Hungarian.

A late snap from Kane hit the side netting as the England captain sought his 50th international goal, but it would have been tough on a Hungarian side who deserved three historic points to kick off their Nations League campaign.

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Gareth Southgate says his England side are trying to educate themselves after young Hungarian fans booed them by taking the knee before the match in Hungary.

Southgate blames England’s ‘balance’

Hungary 1 – 0 England
Jude Bellingham’s start in midfield was just his fifth in an England shirt

Southgate, who fielded four players with 10 England caps or less in an experimental starting line-up, said no signs of fatigue were shared on the training ground as the Three Lions prepared for a series deadly four matches in just 10 days. fifteen days after the end of the Premier League season.

Before facing Germany in Munich on Tuesday night, the England manager said he would reassess whether he had misjudged his side’s balance in their first loss in 19 months.

He said Channel 4: “We have to accept that we didn’t do enough to win the game. A draw would have been fair, we had enough ball possession, we weren’t incisive around the box and we didn’t created too many clean chances.

Hungary 1 – 0 England
Zsolt Nagy caused problems for Trent Alexander-Arnold

“It’s been a long season, but I haven’t seen that in training. The heat was a factor, it cost the players a lot and we tried to refresh the squad a bit earlier than we expected. normally would.

“That balance between discovering new things and the team being more consistent and consistent, I have to see if I’ve found that balance well.

“I don’t want to be too hard on the players, these are games we have to learn from. They are bitterly disappointed, they want to win games and if we want to be a team at the top of world football, we have to come here and win. .”

Three Lions finally beaten – Opta stats

Hungary 1 – 0 England
Hungarian players celebrate Szoboszlai’s goal

  • Hungary recorded their first win against England since May 1962 at the FIFA World Cup – eight years and 95 days before manager Gareth Southgate was born. Indeed, today’s win ended a 15-game losing streak against the Three Lions for the Hungarians.
  • England suffered their first defeat in 23 games in all competitions (previously W18 D4), and the first since losing to Belgium in the UEFA Nations League in November 2020.
  • Five of Gareth Southgate’s 11 defeats as England manager have come in the UEFA Nations League (W5 D3 L5), more than he has lost in any other competition in charge of the Three Lions.
  • Dominik Szoboszlai scored his sixth international goal for Hungary, in his 21st appearance in all competitions – it was his first goal from the penalty spot for Hungary.
  • The last two occasions England have conceded from the penalty spot have both come against Hungary, with Roland Sallai also scoring from the spot in October 2021.
  • Gareth Southgate has become the first England manager to debut with no less than three different West Ham players (Bowen, Rice, Cresswell) since Sven-Goran Eriksson in 2001 (Carrick, J. Cole, Sinclair).

And after?

England face an old foe in Germany when they travel to the Allianz Arena on Tuesday, kick-off at 7.45pm. Follow live construction and coverage through sky sports digital platforms from 6 p.m.

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