Hungary surprises sad England

While waiting for tonight’s clash between Italy and Germany, England traveled to Hungary for this first day of the League of Nations. A first trip far from obvious in the noisy Puskás Aréna in Budapest, especially since the Three Lions had conceded a draw at home against these same Hungarians last October. Gareth Southgate took advantage of this situation to offer their first selection to James Justin and Jarrod Bowen, while Coady and Bellingham also started.

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In a somewhat surprising atmosphere since 36,000 children made up the public, the English got off to a good start to the Magyars match. Stronger in the duels and rewarded for their good intentions in the game, they offered themselves the first situation of the match; a perfect cross from Loïc Nego for Szoboszlai. The attacking midfielder managed to beat Pickford but not Coady, who cleared the ball in front of his line (12th). Not the last free warning.

A day without for England

The English had all the trouble in the world to develop their game to reach their captain Harry Kane. Mount and Bowen in particular touched little ball, the fault also with pistons, Alexander-Arnold and Justin, much too discreet and clumsy. Pickford even had to work on this heavy strike from Nagy (29th) before getting a fright with this midfield lob attempt by Szalai (32nd). England had to wake up but it was not Saka’s entry at the break in place of Justin that changed anything.

The Gunner may have made a great breakthrough on one of his first balls (50th), another entrant, Reece James precipitated the fall of his own by committing a very avoidable fault in his area. Szoboszlai transformed his penalty and allowed Hungary to take the lead (1-0, 66th). This time, the English threw themselves into the attack but neither the recovery of Bowen (72nd) and the header of Coady (77th) did not allow the equalizer. Without a big miss against Schafer’s goal, Southgate’s proteges could even have lost more heavily. The competition started badly for the vice-champion of Europe.

The results of the 6 p.m. matches:

League A:

Group 3:

Hungary 1 – 0 England: Szoboszlai (66th)

League B:

Group 3:

Finland 1 – 1 Bosnia and Herzegovina: Pukki (sp 45th); Prevljak (90th+3)

C-League

Group 1:

Lithuania 0 – 2 Luxemburg : Sinani (44th, 78th)

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