Hungary host England in the UEFA Nations League on Saturday in Budapest, with the visitors looking to extend their record unbeaten run.
The Three Lions won 4-0 on their previous visit and are heavy favourites to take maximum points despite missing a handful of players through illness and injury.
The match will be played officially behind closed doors due to sanctions issued against Hungary by FIFA and UEFA.
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Hungary vs. England score
Hungary vs. England live updates, highlights from UEFA Nations League
HALFTIME: A minute of injury time is added, for some reason, but that’s the whistle. It’s not been a thrill-a-minute affair, certainly from an England standpoint — if anything, you’d say Hungary have been the better side, with a clear and effective counter-attacking plan. Still, it’s goalless at the break.
35th minute: Nego is causing problems down England’s left and his latest delivery has the visiting defence scrambling to cover until Pickford gathers the ball. Harry Maguire, apparently a bit bored, tries a surge up the other end and wins a corner for his side, but Alexander-Arnold sends another delivery over the box and out for a goal kick.
30th minute: Chance for Hungary! Bellingham loses the ball and Hungary look to spring that break behind Alexander-Arnold again. Nagy tries his luck from 25 yards out and Pickford parries it behind for a corner, which Kane heads away. Szoboszlai gets it back but he’s offside.
27th minute: Justin combines with Mount on the edge of the Hungary box but then signals he needs treatment — it looks like some discomfort with his calf muscle. A quick rub-down and a drinks break, and the Leicester man is back in the action.
23rd minute: Not a great deal of goalmouth action as we reach the midway point of the half. Coady’s having to do a bit of penalty-area clearing-up as Hungary are focusing most of their efforts on breaking down the wings and getting crosses in. England, meanwhile, need to get more out of Kane and Mount, who have hardly made an impact.
Searching for an opening goal in Budapest 👊
Keep pushing, lads!
— England (@England)
16th minute: Decent spell for Hungary, this. In the end, Nego’s deep cross towards Nagy almost pays off, but the left wing-back can’t quite get ahead of Alexander-Arnold and divert an effort on goal. At the other end, Bowen — who’s been bright for England — forces a corner. Coady nods it over the bar.
11th minute: CHANCES! Kane switches the ball to Alexander-Arnold and he picks out debutant Bowen with a cross from the right. It’s a tricky volley to execute while leaning back and Gulacsi saves. Hungary break, Nego plays a sensational throughball to Szoboszlai, but Coady hooks it off the line after the forward prodded beyond Pickford.
8th minute: Trent Alexander-Arnold, who’s starting as right wing-back today, takes a corner from the left and sends it all the way over the box and behind for a goal kick. Let’s call that a sighter.
3rd minute: First action for Jordan Pickford, who makes a comfortable save. England counter and Harry Kane tries his luck from inside the box, but it’s well wide.
KICKOFF: We’re off and running in Budapest. England players were booed by the crowd as they took the knee before the start — that was troubling, given the number of children in the stands.
— England (@England)
10 mins until kickoff: We’re not far from getting underway here. Gareth Southgate is certainly keen to make the most of this fixture:
“We are preparing for a World Cup, but we are also wanting to develop players and we are also wanting to do well in this competition and try to win it,” he said.
“We work in the right way to get the best possible performance on the field.”
45 mins until kickoff: Today’s game in Hungary’s capital will be played behind closed doors, although there will be plenty of spectators (of a particular age range) in attendance.
Veteran goalkeeper Peter Gulacsi starts for Hungary, as do captain Adam Szalai, Dominik Szoboszlai, and Willi Orban.
Hungary team: Gulacsi (GK) — At. Szalai, Orban, Lang — Nagy, Schafer, A. Nagy, Nego — Szoboszlai, Szalai, Sallai.
Hungary subs: Dibusz (GK), Szappanos (GK), Kecskes, Fiola, Salloi, Bolla, Kleinheisler, Vancsa, Styles, Adam, Spandler, Vecsei.
❗Ma esti, Anglia elleni kezdőcsapatunk a következő ⤵️⤵️⤵️
— MLSZ (@MLSZhivatalos)
The England starting XI has been announced, and there will indeed be a debut for Jarrod Bowen — and Leicester City’s James Justin!
They become debutants numbers 1,270 and 1,271 in the history of England’s national team.
England team: Pickford (GK) — Maguire, Coady, Walker — Justin, Rice, Bellingham, Alexander-Arnold — Bowen, Kane, Mount.
England subs: Pope (GK), Ramsdale (GK), Trippier, Stones, James, Grealish, Ward-Prowse, Gallagher, Phillips, Sterling, Saka, Abraham.
Welcome to thefamily, lads!
— England (@England)
1 hour 30 mins until kickoff: Gareth Southgate confirmed this week that Phil Foden will miss today’s game after testing positive for COVID-19, while Raheem Sterling is a doubt with illness. Defenders Fikayo Tomori and Marc Guehi are expected to sit out the game with minor injuries.
It means we could see a debut for West Ham forward Jarrod Bowen, which would cap a superb season for the 25-year-old forward.
2 hours until kickoff: Hello and welcome to The Sporting News’ live coverage of the UEFA Nations League match between Hungary and England.
The Three Lions were 4-0 winners in the last meeting in Budapest between these sides, although Hungary did hold the Euro 2020 finalists to a 1-1 draw at Wembley last October.
Gareth Southgate is looking to extend his side’s record unbeaten run to 22 matches in all competitions.
How to watch Hungary vs. England
|Date||Sat, June 4||Sat, June 4||Sat, June 4||Sun, June 5|
|Time||5 p.m. BST||12 p.m. ET||12 p.m. ET||2 a.m. AET|
|TV channel||Channel 4||—||—||—|
|Streaming||All4||, ViX||Optus Sport|
UK: In the UK, the match is available on free-to-air TV through Channel 4 or their streaming platform All4.
USA: The match will be. It will be available in Spanish on Univision platform ViX.
Canada: The match can be seen via DAZN.
Australia: Viewers can follow the action via Optus Sport.
Hungary vs. England predicted lineups
Hungary head coach Marco Rossi has the majority of his star names available for UEFA Nations League duty this month with the country’s domestic league season ending on May 8.
Veteran goal keeper Peter Gulacsi is included in the squad alongside key trio Willi Orban, Adam Szalai and Dominik Szoboszlai.
Hungary predicted lineup (3-4-3): Gulacsi (GK) — Fiola, Orban, Lang — Nagy, Schafer, Styles, Nego — Szoboszlai, Szalai, Sallai.
Southgate has omitted Manchester United duo Jadon Sancho and Marcus Rashford from his squad alongside Liverpool skipper Jordan Henderson.
England will be without Phil Foden, who tested positive for COVID-19, while Raheem Sterling is a doubt, so there could be a debut for West Ham’s Jarrod Bowen. Defenders Fikayo Tomori and Marc Guehi are expected to sit out the game with minor injuries.
England predicted lineup (3-4-3): Pickford (GK) — Maguire, Stones, Walker — Trippier, Rice, Bellingham, James — Bowen, Kane, Mount.
Hungary vs. England betting odds
England head into this game on the back of a nine-match unbeaten streak following their penalty shootout defeat against Italy in the final of Euro 2020. That run includes a 4-0 victory in Hungary in September.
Despite the squad reporting for international duty on the back of a demanding club season, England will be confident of a strong return in these games, particularly against a Hungary side who have won just two of their past eight home games inside 12 months.
|Over 2.5 Goals||1/1||-110||2.07|
|Both Teams to Score||6/5||+125||2.26|
Why is Hungary vs. England behind closed doors?
The match will be played without any fans present due to sanctions issued by FIFA against Hungary.
The punishment was handed down following racism experienced by England players during the World Cup qualifying match in Budapest last September.
Hungary were also fined £158,400 ($199,300), “FIFA takes a clear zero tolerance stance against such abhorrent behaviour in football,” football’s governing body said in a statement.