England on Tuesday suffered a shock 4-0 defeat at the hands of Hungary in the UEFA Nations League, marking the Three Lions’ worst loss in an international tournament since 1928.
The shock win for Hungary compounded England’s woes at the Nations League, and after four games, the Three Lions now sit at the bottom of their group with two points, having failed to win a single game.
The result also took England’s winless streak to four for the first time since 2014, something that Gareth Southgate and co will have to improve upon with the 2022 FIFA World Cup just months away.
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Understandably, the result did not sit well with the home fans who had come to the Molineux to watch their national team play, and the England manager was booed with some ferocity and chants of “You don’t know what you’re doing” rang out as Hungary ran amok.
The scoring was opened by Rolland Salai in the 16th minute, and despite Hungary maintaining a slim 1-0 lead for most of the game, England did not find a way back.
Things truly started collapsing for the Three Lions in the final third of the 90 minutes, when Sallai doubled Hungary’s lead in the 70th minute.
Zsolt Nagy put the game beyond any doubt on the stroke of the 80th minute, but England added insult to injury minutes later when John Stones got sent off.
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Hungary added a fourth in the dying minutes of the game, courtesy of a strike by Daniel Gazdag, to secure all three points in a magnificent night at the expense of England.
Commenting on the humiliating defeat, Southgate took the blame on himself, saying, “It was a important experience for a number of the younger players and we learnt a lot from the Italy and Germany games, Hungary are a good side and I think I have given them too much to do tonight. I understand the reaction to that in the stadium, this group of players have been unbelievable for their country and it is important for people to stay with them. They will still be strong going forward.”
The England manager’s frankness, however, is unlikely to flatter fans who are increasingly starting to think of Southgate as an out and out failure.