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STAR PREVIEW Tues: England v Hungary

It was less than two weeks ago when these two sides last met – with Hungary coming out 1-0 winners against England at the Puskas Arena – but Gareth Southgate’s side already have the chance for revenge when the two nations collide again at Molineux Stadium on Tuesday night.

In a flat and lacklustre display – which many labelled as one of the worst of Southgate’s reign so far – England were humbled by Hungary in the opening match of this current Nations League campaign.

A mistake by Reece James allowed Dominik Szoboszlai the chance to score from the spot in the 66th-minute and the RB Leipzig midfielder duly obliged and in the process secured Hungary’s first win over England for over six decades.

It will likely be a much-changed England side from the one that was defeated by Hungary at the beginning of the month with Southgate expected to shuffle the pack once more. The fitness of Phil Foden is being assessed ahead of this game with him likely to play if passed fit.

England v Hungary
UEFA Nations League Group Stage
19:45 Channel 4 / All 4

HEAD-TO-HEAD RECORD
(Maximum 10 matches)
JUN 2022 NATIONS LEAGUE Hungary 1-0 England
OCT 2021 WORLD CUP England 1-1 Hungary
SEPT 2021 WORLD CUP Hungary 0-4 England
AUG 2010 FRIENDLY England 2-1 Hungary
MAY 2006 FRIENDLY England 3-1 Hungary
APR 1999 FRIENDLY Hungary 1-1 England
MAY 1996 FRIENDLY England 3-0 Hungary
MAY 1992 FRIENDLY Hungary 0-1 England
SEPT 1990 FRIENDLY England 1-0 Hungary
APR 1988 FRIENDLY Hungary 0-0 England

Hungary have enjoyed a strong start to their Nations League campaign; beating England, just falling short against Italy and then holding Germany to a respectable 1-1 draw.

Zsolt Nagy opened the scoring for the Hungarians in their most recent outing against Germany before Die Mannschaft hit back almost straight away through a Jonas Hoffman strike.

Szoboszlai – who ran England ragged less than a fortnight ago – is the man that the Three Lions will need to control if they are to avenge the disappointment of their last game against Hungary and what Southgate does with this midfield will be very interesting for that reason.

There has been a distinct lack of intensity to England’s last three performances – down in no small part to the fatigue kicking in for a drained squad of players – and therefore we shouldn’t be expecting a thrilling goalfest here. We’re backing England and under 2.5 goals.

JOE CITRONE

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