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Hungary - England
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That's full time. On another shameful evening for football and society, England have beaten Hungary 4-0.
We'll have a minimum of two additional minutes.
Two changes for England, as Henderson and Saka replace Rice and Grealish.
- GoalDeclan RiceEngland
GOAL! Hungary 0 England 4 (Rice 87)
It's four for England, and another shocker for Gulacsi. Grealish rolls it back to Rice on the edge of the D, and his first time shot goes underneath the awkward dive of Gulasci and creeps over the line.
Jesse Lingard replaces Mount for England.
Gabriel Clarke, ITV's pitchside reporter is at the end where the projectiles have been thrown at England players. He is also reporting monkey chants from local ultras, directed at Sterling and Jude Bellingham warming up at the side, which are 'audible and visible'. This really is a shameful night.
CHANCE! Hungary have a dip now, working Salloi into space on the right of the area, but his booming drive is stopped by Pickford.
CHANCE! This is a duck shoot now, Kane should be filling his boots, but he's not; Grealish slides him clean through with a gorgeous pass through the inside right channel, but again Kane's drive is too close to Gulacsi and it's parried away to safety.
CHANCE! Shaw slides Sterling through, clean on goal. He looks well offside but the rules are such that on we go, and Sterling rounds Gulacsi only to see his meekly hit shot partially blocked and retrieved by the goalkeeper.
Varga has been lively since he came on. He jinks past Shaw down the right, but his low cross is fizzed straight into the hands of Pickford.
Finally an effort from Hungary, as Salloi ballons a cross high over the bar from 12 yards out.
Varga replaces Bolla for Hungary.
- GoalHarry MaguireEngland
GOAL! Hungary 0 England 3 (Maguire 69)
Shaw is being pelted with cups now as he takes a corner from the left. The sound of silence follows, as Maguire rises to plant ahead through the weak hands of Gulacsi and into the goal.
CHANCE! England are slicing through Hungary now. Grealish feeds Kane with a lovely through pass, but from a wide angle his shot is blocked by the foot of Gulacsi.
Salloi is on for Hungary, replacing Sallai.
That's Harry Kane's 39th goal for England. One more and he'll pull level with Michael Owen.
- GoalHarry KaneEngland
GOAL! Hungary 0 England 2 (Kane 63)
It's two, and that should be that. Hungary give it away cheaply, and England work it quickly to Sterling in acres on the right. His cross his partially deflected by Attila Szalai, and pops up for the unmarked Kane to thump a header past Gulacsi from six yards out.
Sterling runs Orban down that side now, who just about bundles the ball behind for a corner.
Undeterred, Sterling takes on Attila Szilai in the same corner, who just about gets a toe on the ball to concede a corner.
- Yellow cardWilli OrbánHungary
Willi Orban goes in the book now for dumping Grealish over.
- Yellow cardRaheem SterlingEngland
Sterling takes his shirt off in the corner to reveal a t-shirt with a tribute message on, but as he does so is pelted with half to full plastic cups, some of which connect with the England player. That is disgraceful.
Of course, Sterling is booked for removing his shirt. Your move, football authorities.
- GoalRaheem SterlingEngland
GOAL! Hungary 0 England 1 (Sterling 55)
England are ahead. Grealish breaks down the left, and feeds the ball to Mount on the overlap. Mount cuts it back first time to the edge of the six yard box, where Sterling half-volleys the ball into the bottom corner.
Hungary are not happy here as Rice catches Schafer very late indeed. All Rice's studs were on show there and the ball had gone; I'd say the yellow that follows could be deemed generous there.
CHANCE! Ahoy, some action! Walker slide rules a lovely pass through to Kane, splitting the Hungarian defence wide open. Kane is under pressure from Orban but one-on-one with Gulacsi; his shot is weak though, hit into the ground and too close to Gulacsi, who paws the ball away to safety.
Orban is having an armchair ride tonight, England haven't made him sweat at all. Kleinheisler has just bundled Shaw over and there's a chance for England to stick a free kick into the area; it's a poor delivery from Shaw though, and Attila Szalai heads clear.
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The only way is up: here we go with half the second.
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It's half-time in Budapest, and other than a booking for Bolla there's very little to say about that 45 minutes and change.
It's been poor fare, this. Sterling finds the overlapping Walker on the right, who can't pick out a colleague with his low cross.
Shaw finds Mount inside the area. Mount tries a back heel to Grealish, haring through on goal, but he doesn't catch it right and Hungary intercept and clear.
We'll have a minimum of two additional minutes.
Hungary have a chance to break down the left, as Sallai sweeps a pass out to Fiola. He can't control it though, had he done so there was open green to gallop through. Instead, it's a throw-in to England.
Szoboszlai, who has done the square root of nowt so far, milks the theatre of taking the kick and then places it well over the crossbar.
Rash stuff here from Rice, as a few tasty challenges fly in around the D and he clatters Adam Szalai. Free kick to Hungary, and a shooting chance.
A good few minutes for Phillips, who stitches the play together nicely before his attempted pass through to Kane is header clear.
- Yellow cardBendegúz BollaHungary
Bolla follows up his sloppy pass with a stud rake on Grealish's ankle. Yeollow card.
A chance here for Hungary, who patiently work Bolla into space in the inside right channel. England are stretched, but Bolla's through pass to Adam Szalai has too much on it and it runs through to Pickford.
Sterling and Kane try to one-two their way through the Hungarian defence down the right, but Fiola gets his foot in there and clears the danger.
Sterling falls over while chasing a long ball; Attila Szalai didn't see it though, and needlessly pokes the ball behind for a corner.
There's energy out there, but it all feels a bit flat. The first game after a major championship, particularly if it ended in agonising circumstances, is often this way.
Schafer is down and in pain here, and no wonder; Maguire tries to launch the ball forwards, and Schafer takes it full between the tops of the legs. Understandably, there's a break in play.
Lovely stuff from Grealish, as a sand-wedged ball over the Hungarian defence bounces into the path of Shaw. It just skips away from him though, and Gulacsi races out to gather.
Nice interplay between Mount and Grealish gives Kane a shooting chance from the edge of the D. It's fierce, but it's also two yards over the bar.
Brief panic as John Stones lets a long ball bounce, and it skips over his head to Sallai. It looks like he might get away, but Stones recovers to tidy up the danger.
Sterling's copped another one on the ankle from Fiola, this time accidentally. After a brief time on the deck, he's back on his feet and jogging it off.
The first half-chance of the match, as Kane inswings a cross from the left corner of the area. It catches a deflection and almost breaks for Sterling at the back post, but Fiola gets across him to hack the ball clear.
Walker lasers a long pass over the top to Kane, who briefly looks like he might be in. Up goes the late flag though, to confirm the England skipper was offside.
No foothold yet for the home side; they're pinned back in their own half and Fiola gets a ticking off for a late challenge on Sterling over on the right touchline.
Grealish mistimes a reverse ball to Shaw down the left. Anything heavier and he was in behind the defence; instead, Hungary scramble it behind for a corner. From that, Maguire nods high over the bar from ten yards out.
Sterling finds Mount on the edge of the area. Mount tries to shape one into the top corner with his right foot, but it's high wide and handsome.
England have settled into possession early here, marshalled by John Stones. He's winning his 50th cap tonight.
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A heavy sigh then, and off we go.
There’s a political undercurrent to this game that can’t be ignored, so let’s not. Ahead of this match the England players confirmed that they would continue to take the knee in opposition to racism in society. They have just made this humble, important gesture before kick-off, to a tumult of risible booing in the Puskas Arena.
That's utterly shameful. Let's hope Fifa, Uefa and the Hungarian FA act on that, with maximum force. There is no room for racism in this life.
That's the anthems blared out; we'll kick off in around three minutes.
The teams are in the tunnel, ready to go here. Your referee tonight is Cuneyt Cakir.
Between the two, it's fair to say that England have the wood on Hungary despite the series of pastings doled out in the fifties. The last time Hungary beat England was in the group stages of the World Cup in Chile in 1962, when the great Florian Albert settled a tight game with a screamer. Since then, England have won 11 and drawn 2.
Great goals from Hungary-England World Cup Qualifiers past, part 1: this stanchion-wedger from Trevor Brooking's swinger in 1981. Pick that out; we'll fetch you a stepladder.
Want to know more about the team Puskas played in? Then bookmark this for a spare 20 with a brew. Daniel Harris has penned a superb long read on the team that shook up the world.
Back in the day, the old stadium at this site was known as the Nepstadion, or People’s Stadium. It was the stage for the 7-1 and was renamed the Ferenc Puskas Stadium in 2002; the rebuilt and modernised version goes by the name of the Puskas Arena. While the Magical Magyars were packed with brilliant players, it’s the man known as the Galloping Major whose fame carried furthest. Ferenc Puskas folks; the first post-WW2 superstar of football. It’s been said before, but my word he could play.
You might remember England’s last match. It’s been a mere 52 days since that agonising shootout defeat to Italy in the Euro 2020 final at a wild Wembley Stadium. There’s barely been time to process that defeat yet for Southgate or the players to reflect on the magnitude of that missed opportunity.
Much of the talk since then has been that a gift horse has been stared firmly in the grill, but I’m not so sure; Southgate’s squad is young, no key players have turned it in since then and there’s a World Cup just 14 months away, with another Euros 18 beyond that. England have been on the cusp of winning an international gong for the last three years and it might suit their squad – and, more importantly, their style – to fall over the line away from home.
It’s been 35 years since Hungary were last at a World Cup, a miserable experience where they were mullered 6-0 and 3-0 by the USSR and France respectively, either side of brushing past Canada. Their recent form is reasonable though; they performed well in a group of near certain death at the recent Euro 2020, holding France 1-1 in front of a full house in the Puskas Arena and then coming within six minutes of a sensational victory over Germany in Munich before Leon Goretzka’s equaliser. It’ll be another packed house tonight, and there’s plenty on it; Hungary will leapfrog England at the head of the group if they win tonight.
And what to make of England? The big news is that Jack Grealish has broken through to the starting line-up after his impressive start at Manchester City, and will make his third start for England tonight. It's England's only change from the team that started the Euro 2020 final.
There are three changes tonight for Hungary from the team eliminated in the group phase of Euro 2020. Midfielder Adam Nagy, who recently left Bristol City for Pisa, is unavailable, but the Bundesliga duo of Adam Szalai and Roland Sallai lead the side up front.
Here's the home side, resplendent in what seems to be 3-4-2-1 if you're interested:
Gulacsi; Kecskes, Orban, Szalai; Bolla, Kleinheisler, Schafer, Fiola; Sallai, Szoboszlai; Adam Szalai
Good evening, and welcome to live coverage of Hungary versus England in World Cup Qualifying Group I.
You all surely know the story of that match. One down in under a minute; that little fat chap Ferenc Puskas sending Billy Wright away like a fire truck in the wrong direction; Nandor Hidegutki helping himself to a treble; right back Alf Ramsey – all of England in fact – looking on agog at the puncturing of imperial hubris.
Hungary’s seminal 6-3 scudding of England at Wembley in November 1953 is first-page-of-the-curriculum stuff for international football history. But the pain didn’t end there for Albion folks, oh no. Six months later, as a warm-up to the 1954 World Cup, England travelled to this very spot in Budapest to set the record straight, temporarily kidding themselves that Wembley had been an aberration and that the Magical Magyars could be swiftly slapped back down the pecking order of the international game.
The 7-1 defeat that followed is the heaviest in England’s history, a flex from Hungary that confirmed what most of the world already knew; this was a serious, serious team. Weeks later West Germany, as would turn out to be their wont, ruined the fun for Puskas and friends by turning them over m in the World Cup Final, Hungary’s sole defeat in a 49 game stretch between 1950-56. England managed to reshape her national game significantly after their Hungarian humblings and won their home World Cup 13 years later. Since those heady days in grainy black and white, both sides have been chasing their own history.
So, what will we see tonight from a fixture so rich in history? Team news from Budapest shortly.