Hungary 1-0 England Gareth Southgate’s Team Begin their Nations League with Defeat
In This Review
The Three Lions looked uncomfortable throughout in a 3-4-5-3 formation that featured rookies James Justin and Jarrod Bowen as they at the conclusion of a lengthy domestic campaign lost their first game in over 90 minutes in the space of 20, 2020. Szoboszlai’s spot kick (66).
Hungary who’s fans had been booed by England by kneeling at the start of the game despite it being played behind closed doors and had enjoyed more chances prior to scoring. Conor Coady cleared an early Szoboszlai attempt off the line. Zsolt Nagy, and Adam Szalai both went close to scoring.
Justin was dismissed by an injury to his calf at half-time. England continued to be a slog in the second half however, they were unlucky to get punished after replacement Reece James was adjudged to be fouled by Nagy within the penalty area.
Hungary was able to earn one point within the World Cup qualification group at Wembley last year, when they took the lead off the penalty spot however, this time Szoboszlai’s decisive penalty earned them all three points at in the Puskas Arena. And the victory could have been more eloquent had Andras Schafer completed a shot following Jordan Pickford had kept out another Szoboszlai shot.
The test continues to come as Germany and England’s coming League A, Group Three opponents coming up on Tuesday. Hungary is hoping to win five times in six games when they take on European champions Italy.
Budapest draw brings more questions than it can answer.
“We’ve got a massive game coming up on Tuesday,” England defender Conor Coady told Channel 4. “We must take a look at the performance and take the lessons learned rapidly.
“I thought we started off quite well. We need to tidy up and bounce back. We need to look at how we performed and how we move forward because these are big games for us.”
There were some interesting points to be discussed throughout Gareth Southgate’s decision-making process, with Justin getting his first appearance as a left wing-back Jude Bellingham given only his fifth midfield appearance and Bowen finally able to take his England debut to the right of an attacking three.
Justin’s game lasted just 45 minutes because he failed to overcome an innocent injury he sustained in the middle of the first half, and Justin was partly responsible for the decision that resulted in Szoboszlai’s initial effort.
Bellingham’s midfield performance was also insignificant. His team-up with Declan Rice looked uncomfortable from the beginning in a new combination, and the pair didn’t provide the screening England needed to prevent Hungary’s diagonal shots to the outside, which frightened players of the Three Lions all evening.
The only positive aspect of players trying to establish a name for themselves was Bowen who seemed at ease with the international team and scored four of England’s twelve shots during the 90 minutes as well as looking like the most innovative player.
Coady is another bright spot for Southgate He showed great sense to get Szoboszlai’s goalbound shot off the line before gliding an effort inches off an outside post on the opposite side from a free-kick but it is still likely to be at the fringe in the England squad prior to the World Cup.
England struggles to create a rare blank
England had scored in every one of their 14 previous games with 45 goals scored along the way, including an uncontested draw that was almost as gruesome as their Budapest loss – to Scotland during the Euro 2020 group stage last summer.
Hungary “keeper Peter Gulacsi did not have to be at his peak to finish his Three Lions’ run as fatigued legs and an inability to maintain an offensive rhythm, despite the hosts’ dominance in possession, made sure that they’d fall short at Hungary’s capital. Hungarian capital.
Harry Kane often dropped deep to take part during the build-up phase, but ended up leaving England with a lack of numbers within the Hungary box. It was only when Bukayo Saka, who was introduced in the second half as a substitute was able to get through Gulacsi and test him at a tight angle that Gulacsi, who was a ex- Liverpool goalkeeper was brought to action.
Bowen’s positive debut might have been more exciting when he had completed one of the half-chances given to him by delivering the most effective strike from Harry Maguire’s throwing ball, which was held comfortably to Bowen’s Hungary stopper.
A late Kane shot was reflected in the net as the England captain aimed for the 50th goal of his international career. it was a bit unfair to the Hungary team that was worthy of three historic points to start the Nations League campaign.
Southgate who fielded four players who had more than 10 England caps or less in a tinkering lineup, said that symptoms of fatigue hadn’t been seen on the field of training during the time that the Three Lions prepared for a brutal four-match series in a span of 10 days, just a week after the close of Premier League season.
Before playing Germany on the pitch in Munich on Tuesday evening The England manager announced that he would review whether he misjudged the overall strength of his team in their first loss in 19 months.
He said to Channel 4: “We have to accept that we did not do enough in order to take the match. If we had a draw, it would be fair. We had enough possession, but we weren’t aggressive around the box and we didn’t make enough clear-cut chances.
“It’s been a long and tiring season but I’ve never noticed that in the training. The temperatures were a factor that took a lot of our players. We also attempted to replenish the team in a shorter timeframe than we usually do.
“That balance between learning about new developments, and a more regular, consistent team, I’m going to determine if I have that balance just exactly.
“I would not like to be harsh with the players, but these are the games we have to take lessons from. They’re very disappointed they’re determined to win games and if we’re going to be a player in the top of football in the world We must be here to beat the opposition.