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Gareth Southgate has said he must take 'responsibility' after England were thrashed 4-0 at home to Hungary.
Southgate is under increasing pressure as England boss now, with his side now winless in four Nations League matches. Roland Sallai's brace was complemented by a Zsolt Nagy screamer and - shortly after John Stones' red card - Daniel Gazdag's cool finish on a night when fans booed the team and chanted "you don't know what you're doing" at Southgate. He was in no mood to hide afterwards, though, and he sought to protect his players after what was a damaging result with the World Cup just months away. "We picked a young team with energy and when the game started to go against them it started to look that way. That's my responsibility," Gareth Southgate told Channel Four after the match. "I felt at half-time we needed to go for the game. We made changes to give ourselves more attacking impetus but that left us more open as well. "In the end you're pushing and you've got so many attacking players on that we've left ourselves wide open. I've just said to the players there, across the four matches, that's my responsibility. "We've tried to balance looking at new players and trying to rest players that we couldn't keep flogging - our more experienced and better players. "In the end the teams selected have not been strong enough to get the results in the two Hungary games. The other two games have been more positive than the reaction to it but I totally understand tonight was a chastening experience."
Southgate did receive backing from captain Harry Kane, though, who said a bad run of results at the end of a long season should not detract from all the progress the Three Lions have made under the former Middlesbrough boss.
Asked if Southgate was still the man to take England forward, Kane said: "Without any question. That's not a question I should even be answering if I'm honest." Kane added: "It's our first big defeat in a long time. Our defence has been the structure behind our success over the last four or five years. It was a night to forget of course but we've got to take it on the chin and move forward. "At the end of the day we're preparing for what's going to be a big World Cup. That's the most important thing. We'll learn from it. "Let's not forget where we've come from. We got to our first final in 60 years nearly and got to a semi-final of a World Cup compared to where we were in the last 50 years. It's not time to panic. "Of course we understand the frustration. We want to win every time we put on an England shirt. We've got to take it on the chin. We're not going to be perfect every game."
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