England 0-4 Hungary LIVE! Nations League result, match stream and latest updates today

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England vs Hungary LIVE!

England suffered a 4-0 home defeat to Hungary that was as remarkable as it was humiliating as fans turned on Gareth Southgate and his players just five months out from the World Cup.

Among the favourites to triumph in Qatar having reached the semi-finals four years ago and finished as Euro 2020 runners-up, the Three Lions boss has plenty of food for thought after failing to win any of June’s four fixtures.

The draws with Germany and Italy were bookended by a famous Hungary double, with the shock 1-0 triumph in Budapest - their first win against England since 1962 - followed by a Molineux massacre.

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.

This was the worst possible end to England’s taxing run of four Nations League matches in just 11 days and leaves a bitter taste in the mouth with just two September matches to go until the World Cup.

England vs Hungary highlights

  • GOAL! Gazdag gets fourth for Hungary

  • RED CARD! Stones shown second yellow

  • GOAL! Nagy fires in third from edge of box

  • GOAL! Sallai at the double

  • GOAL! Sallai fires Hungary into shock lead

England optimism evaporates

22:59 , Matt Verri

It is only 50 miles up the road from here to Trent Bridge and even before this unwanted fourth Nations League match of the month got underway, those fans with tickets must have been fearing they’d signed up to watch the wrong England team play. By full-time, there can have been no doubt.

The people of Wolverhampton had waited 66 years for the chance to watch England play in their home town but nothing they had witnessed from Gareth Southgate’s team across the past fortnight will have especially whet the appetite. Three matches, against Hungary, Germany and Italy, had brought a defeat, two draws, one goal and none at all from open play.

But even with that precedent set, they could not have forecasted this, an abhorrent, 4-0 humiliation which, for the first time, saw the mild grumblings of discontent on social media about Southgate’s supposed conservatism, or love of right-backs and Mason Mount, manifested among supporters in a ground.

Read Malik Ouzia’s full analysis here

 (Action Images via Reuters)
(Action Images via Reuters)

Bringing the mood down slightly...

22:47 , Matt Verri

Kane defends Southgate

22:39 , Matt Verri

Harry Kane jumped to Gareth Southgate’s defence when asked if England were still on the right path under the manager.

He said: “Without any question. That’s not even a question I should be answering if I’m honest.”

Read his full comments here


Full post-match interview from Southgate

22:23 , Matt Verri

Carragher not impressed with Southgate abuse

22:16 , Matt Verri

England player ratings

22:09 , Matt Verri

Kyle Walker 3

Like the rest of the England defence he lost his way towards the end of the game. Usually one of England’s most reliable defenders, but had an off-night.

Marc Guehi 4

Was acquitting himself fairly well for most of the game, but like the rest of the defence he got run ragged towards the end.

John Stones 3

Didn’t cover himself in glory with the first Hungary goal as his header went straight to Sallai. Wasn’t quite at the races all night, with his passing a bit off. Sent off late on for what looked a harsh second yellow card.

Click here for the full England ratings!


Harry Kane’s post-match reaction

21:57 , Matt Verri

”It’s no time to panic, we need to keep our heads up, look forward to a break and come back stronger in September. It’s our first big defeat in a long time.

“Our defence has been the structure of our success in the last four or five years. It’s a night to forget, but you have to take it on the chin. We’re preparing for a big World Cup, and will learn a lot from this camp.

“Let’s not forget where we’ve come from: a first final in 60 years, and a semi-final at a World Cup. Compared to where we were over the last 50 years, it’s no time to panic. It’s not going to be perfect every game, the fans have to understand that.”

21:46 , Matt Verri

“It’s not going to be perfect every game,” Kane says post-match.

Fair to say tonight was not ‘perfect’...

Famous night for Hungary...

21:42 , Matt Verri

FT: England 0-4 Hungary

21:34 , Matt Verri

Just one added minute and that will be that.

Furious boost greet the full-time whistle - it’s been worse than Gareth Southgate could have feared tonight.

England go into the summer off the back of a woeful display.

GOAL! England 0-4 Hungary | Daniel Gazdag 89'

21:32 , Matt Verri


Hungary are punishing England every time they go on the counter. Perfect pass through to Gazdag, Walker can’t catch him and it’s a delightful chip over Ramsdale and into the back of the net.

21:28 , Matt Verri

85 mins: Walker shown a yellow card now, stopping a Hungary counter.

Maguire has been brought on for Saka - massive boos around Molineux. It’s turned toxic very quickly.


21:26 , Matt Verri

Stones is off!

This is crazy. There’s pretty much no contact but the second yellow card has been shown and he has to go.

Just when you thought it couldn’t get worse!

Malik Ouzia at Molineux

21:24 , Matt Verri

One chap passing the press box has just tapped me on the shoulder and asked me to have Southgate sacked in the morning. Don’t know what sort of power he thinks I’ve got, but it says plenty about the mood in here now.

GOAL! England 0-3 Hungary | Zsolt Nagy 80'

21:23 , Matt Verri


Cross into the box, header is blocked by Stones and rolls out to the edge of the box.

Nagy runs onto it and leathers the shot past Ramsdale at his near post. This is a disastrous display from England.

21:20 , Matt Verri

77 mins: Foden drags an effort just wide from the edge of the box. At least it’s something.

OFF THE BAR! Mount with a great cross in, Kane makes something of it and flicks it towards the far corner. Bounces back off the woodwork.

He wants a penalty as he controls the rebound and goes down. Definitely not.

21:18 , Matt Verri

75 mins: Sterling lobs the ball to the back post, Saka with the header... won’t quite drop for Kane. So many bodies in the box.

Whistle goes anyway, wouldn’t have counted. Such a frustrating night for England.

Simon Collings at Molineux

21:14 , Matt Verri

That about sums up Phillips’ night. He has struggled all game in midfield and is caught out for the second Hungary goal. Boos at Molineux and some fans are heading for the exit - or another pint. Don’t blame them.

GOAL! England 0-2 Hungary | Roland Sallai 70'

21:13 , Matt Verri


Sallai at the double for Hungary! Phillips with a terrible touch and then a poor attempt to stop the counter.

Played out to Sallai who has so much space, even Walker can’t get across and the Hungary man pokes it past Ramsdale.

Malik Ouzia at Molineux

21:12 , Matt Verri

Phil Foden on for the first time in this international break and gets a huge ovation.

Gareth Southgate has spoken unprompted a few times over the past fortnight about how much this team are missing his talent. He’s got just over 20 minutes to prove it.

21:10 , Matt Verri

68 mins: Third change for England, Foden on to replace Bellingham.

He’s certainly capable of the moment of magic that the Three Lions need.

21:09 , Matt Verri

66 mins: Atmosphere goes up a notch as the home fans try and urge England forward.

Southgate said after the Italy draw that England struggled to find a late charge without fans in the stadium - they’re not doing much better with supporters at the moment.

21:06 , Matt Verri

63 mins: Ball comes back to Ramsdale, who has to take a heavy touch past Szalai before booting the ball up the pitch.

Bellingham and Orban run into each other - both think they’ve got a free-kick. Only Orban is correct in thinking so.

21:03 , Matt Verri

60 mins: James loses it, Szalai can come forward for Hungary. That is until Phillips shoves him off it, no foul given despite the striker’s protestations.

The two come together again seconds later and this time the whistle is blown, Hungary free-kick.

England not happy, looked like Saka had been tripped up just before that.

20:59 , Matt Verri

56 mins: Second change of the night from Southgate. Gallagher’s night is over, replaced by his Chelsea teammate Mount.

Mount was impressive for parts of the Italy match last time out, the team need him to step up now.

20:57 , Matt Verri

54 mins: Brilliant pass from Kane from just inside the Hungary half and Saka has space in the box.

On the stretch he tries to hook the ball across the face of goal for Sterling, shanked out of play though.

20:55 , Matt Verri

52 mins: Gallagher in behind for Sterling, who earns England’s fifth corner of the match. James into the near post and it’s headed away.

Saka then tries to beat his man and stops in his tracks, assuming he’s about to be given a free-kick. Referee has other ideas.

20:53 , Matt Verri

50 mins: Bellingham drives into space and he has plenty of players up with him.

Fires a pass into Kane who would have been clean through had he controlled it. Too much pace on the ball though and it runs out of play.

Simon Collings at Molineux

20:52 , Matt Verri

Bowen has had a good run of games for England, but he really struggled tonight. Just couldn’t find his rhythm and duly hooked at half-time. Needs a holiday.

20:51 , Matt Verri

48 mins: Bit more pace from England at the start of the half, loose pass from Sterling though.

Hungary still look dangerous on the break, Szoboszlai brings them forward and earns a throw-in which they are in no rush to take.

Malik Ouzia at Molineux

20:49 , Matt Verri

Immediate change in shape for England at the break. Sterling on, James out to right wing-back, Saka on the left and it looks like a 3-5-2.

Back underway!

20:48 , Matt Verri

Up and running again at Molineux - big improvement needed from England.

Sterling on for Bowen at the break.

How Hungary took the lead

20:43 , Matt Verri

Half-time thoughts...

20:38 , Matt Verri

HT: England 0-0 Hungary

20:33 , Matt Verri

Another England corner comes to nothing and that will be half-time.

It’s now 315 minutes of Nations League action this month without a goal from open-play for the Three Lions. Some boos as they walk off.

Plenty for Southgate to consider at the break. Again.

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(Action Images via Reuters)

20:31 , Matt Verri

45 mins: Two minutes added on at the end of the half.

‘Not been a classic’ would be a generous assessment of what’s been on show so far.

20:29 , Matt Verri

43 mins: Free-kick won out wide by England, up come the defenders. Decent delivery, headed away and Kane makes sure it bounces behind for another corner.

Set-pieces have been some of England’s most dangerous moments so far. Swung in deep, Stones wins the header but loops it straight up and Dibusz can stroll off his line to claim.

20:25 , Matt Verri

40 mins: Great footwork from Bellingham, beats his man about three times before eventually clipping the ball into the six-yard box. Headed behind for a corner, which James will take.

Bounces around and rolls wide of the post - whistle gone for a free-kick anyway.

20:23 , Matt Verri

37 mins: Stones earns the first yellow card of the match. Southgate far from impressed with that decision.

Challenged Szalai in the air, caught the striker with an elbow as they jumped.

20:22 , Matt Verri

36 mins: Great save!

England have a chance to break, Kane’s pass isn’t a great one though and forces Saka wide. He whips a brilliant cross into the box with his right foot, Orban heads it towards his own goal and it’s superbly kept out.

Cross then played back into the box, Bellingham has made a run at the back post and heads wide.

20:21 , Matt Verri

35 mins: Hungary happy to slow things down as they win a throw-in, and then earn a cheap free-kick.

They’ve been very clear since falling behind and still look capable of causing England plenty of problems.

20:18 , Matt Verri

32 mins: England have been really sloppy on the ball, this time it’s Stones with a terrible pass.

Szalai played in, he gets to the byline and plays the ball back into the box but it’s cut out. Quickly comes back from Hungary though, Szalai tries his luck from miles out and it’s a comfortable save.

Malik Ouzia at Molineux

20:16 , Matt Verri

There’s that lack of ruthlessness in England’s forward line again, only this time it wasn’t with a missed chance but rather a missed opportunity as Bowen failed to get the ball out of his feet with Kane steaming in in the middle.

20:14 , Matt Verri

29 mins: OFF THE LINE!

Ball is absolutely fired into the England box, flicked on by Phillips and James is there at the far post to clear the danger superbly.

Hosts swiftly break, as Saka is flattened. Advantage played, Bowen has so much space to run into. Kane is making the run if he looks up, he doesn’t though and has to settle for a corner.

Swung in, Stones gets up well and heads straight at the goalkeeper.

20:12 , Matt Verri

26 mins: Bellingham crowded out of it and Hungary can break. Not a huge amount of Red shirts joining the attack.

Szalai whips the cross in, straight at Ramsdale. But the whistle has gone, he was fouled as he put the ball into the box and it’s a free-kick out wide.

Simon Collings at Molineux

20:09 , Matt Verri

Molineux crowd getting a bit agitated here, unhappy with England’s approach. It’s all a bit flat and static from Southgate’ s side.

20:09 , Matt Verri

23 mins: Crowd get frustrated as Stones stands on the ball waiting for option - mood doesn’t improve when James then passes it straight to a Hungary shirt.

Walker goes long looking for Bowen, headed away though. Not quite happening for the hosts.

Malik Ouzia at Molineux

20:06 , Matt Verri

There’s a notable sense of urgency whenever Jude Bellingham or Conor Gallagher get on the ball but England haven’t managed to find them enough yet.

They’re playing as a pair of No8s ahead of Kalvin Phillips and it is very congested in there.

20:05 , Matt Verri

19 mins: Response needed now from England, who have struggled to open up Hungary in the opening 20 minutes.

Not going to get any easier now the visitors have something to defend.

Simon Collings at Molineux

20:03 , Matt Verri

England are usually so lethal from set-pieces, but they’ve been undone by one there. It was poor marking, with Phillips losing his man.

GOAL! England 0-1 Hungary | Roland Sallai 16'

20:02 , Matt Verri


Free-kick floated into the box, England can’t clear it and the ball drops for Sallai at the back post. Drills it at goal, Ramsdale gets a big touch but there’s too much power on the effort.

20:00 , Matt Verri

14 mins: Haven’t seen a huge amount of the likes of Bellingham and Gallagher so far - focus has been out wide so far.

Stones and Guehi getting all the time in the world on the ball, Hungary have no interest in pressing that high up the pitch.

19:56 , Matt Verri

11 mins: Schafer down and has been receiving treatment, bringing play to a halt for a couple of minutes.

Been a bright start for England on the whole, but they need to make the most of these periods. Just one goal from their three matches this month and it was a penalty.

19:53 , Matt Verri

8 mins: Bellingham makes the run this time, cut out before the ball reaches him but Kane and Saka keep the pressure on.

Arsenal man nearly bundles his way through the defence, just runs out of play though. All the danger coming down that left wing.

Malik Ouzia at Molineux

19:51 , Matt Verri

We know Bukayo Saka can play all over the place but he has very much been a right winger for Arsenal this season so it’ll be a slightly different role for him on the left tonight, particularly playing in front of a full-back in Reece James who is also used to playing on the other flank and will be naturally inclined to come inside onto his right foot.

19:51 , Matt Verri

5 mins: England seeing plenty of possession early on, lovely move on the left involving Saka, Kane and James.

The Chelsea man gets in behind, cross looped up to the back post and Bowen is somehow unable to turn it in from close range! Brilliant move.

Simon Collings at Molineux

19:48 , Matt Verri

Looks like 4-3-3 for England. Saka on left of front three, Bowen on the right. Reece James at left-back.

19:48 , Matt Verri

2 mins: Early pressing from England - bit too keen from Bowen though as he gives away the free-kick.

Molineux crowd making plenty of noise, quite a change from the few thousand children in attendance against Italy.


19:45 , Matt Verri

We are underway for the final time in the 2021/22 season!

Malik Ouzia at Molineux

19:44 , Matt Verri

Lots of “You racist b*******, you know what you are” during the Hungarian anthems, followed by a rendition of God Save The Queen that was, even by usual standards, woefully out of time and whistled in retaliation by the away end.

No one really covering themselves in much glory.

19:43 , Matt Verri

National anthems done! Crowd finished about 45 seconds before the music did for England’s.

Anyway, time for the football.

Malik Ouzia at Molineux

19:39 , Matt Verri

The pre-match DJ is pulling out all the classics to try and get an atmosphere going in here and I’m sure it will be fizzing once things get underway but you could forgive the home fans for feeling a tad fatigued, too - Wolves played their last home game here a month ago and the season is still not over.

19:37 , Matt Verri

Sweet Caroline blaring out at Molineux - the fans are very happy to be back in the stadium!

Perfect weather for it too. Kick-off coming up in just over five minutes.

“We need to unsettle Hungary"

19:30 , Matt Verri

Conor Gallagher’s pre-match thoughts

19:20 , Matt Verri

“I am excited to play. I have been on the bench the last few games and been waiting patiently. I will bring energy and do what I can do best, that is what the boss has told me to do. Hopefully we can get the result.

“I feel good, I know a few of the lads have played a few more games than me. In training it is intense, it is good but I am fit and ready to play, work as hard as I can.

“Jude Bellingham likes to get forward like me so we will pick our times when to go and when not to. Kalvin Phillips is solid defensively and I think it will work well.”

19:12 , Matt Verri

Players have been out having a look at the Molineux pitch.

Well, they’ve been out having a look at whatever is on Kyle Walker’s phone really. Clearly something funny!


Kane closing in on Rooney

19:06 , Matt Verri

Will Harry Kane make history tonight? If he does, it’s going to be a memorable performance!

He currently sits on 50 England goal, three behind Wayne Rooney’s record. Hat-trick to equal it, four to beat it. No pressure.

If not, he’ll have two matches in September, against Italy and Germany, to get it done, otherwise Kane could take the record in Qatar.

Simon Collings at Molineux

18:58 , Matt Verri

Gallagher gets a rare start!

18:51 , Matt Verri

Hungary team

18:43 , Matt Verri

Starting XI: Dibusz, Lang, Orban, At.Szalai, Fiola, Schafer, A.Nagy, Styles, Sallai, Szoboszlai, Ad.Szalai.

Harry tells England to embrace pressure

18:39 , Matt Verri

Harry Kane has told his England team-mates to get used to the pressure that comes with being among the World Cup favourites, as Gareth Southgate shrugged off recent criticism of his side by insisting: “I’ve seen it worse.”

England have just three matches left before their World Cup opener against Iran in mid-November, the first of which comes tonight against in the Nations League, as a marathon season finally draws to a close.

“It’s something that we’re going to have to deal with,” Kane said. “I think going into this World Cup we will probably be seen as one of the favourites.”

Read Malik Ouzia’s full piece here


Get the swaps ready!

18:31 , Matt Verri

18:25 , Matt Verri

Gallagher finally gets his chance tonight as he starts, while Rice gets a much-deserved rest. Looks like it’ll be James at left-back, with Guehi alongside Stones in the centre of defence.

Kane is three behind Wayne Rooney’s England goalscoring record as it stands - he’ll be looking to close in further tonight.

England team

18:19 , Matt Verri

Starting XI: Ramsdale, Walker, Stones, Guehi, James, Bellingham, Phillips, Gallagher, Saka, Kane, Bowen

Subs: Pope, Pickford, Trippier, Maguire, Grealish, Coady, Ward-Prowse, Rice, Mount, Sterling, Foden, Abraham

18:15 , Matt Verri

This is England’s fourth match in ten days, bringing an end to a hectic run of fixtures and a long season.

Sun is out and the players are 90 minutes away from finally getting their summer holidays underway!

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Key issues to look out for

18:07 , Matt Verri

Find way to nullify Szoboszlai

It is no surprise that Europe’s top clubs have been scouting Szoboszlai. The 21-year-old is Hungary’s most creative player and in the first meeting between these two sides he was the match-winner, too.

One of England’s midfielders will need to drop deep and stay tight to him.

Kane bids to end season in style

After a long season, nothing would be sweeter for Harry Kane than equalling, or even better, overtaking Wayne Rooney as England’s record goalscorer. The Tottenham striker, however, faces a difficult task tonight.

Hungary will look to play with a back-three and the centre-backs are all tall, physical players.

Read more on that here!

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How it stands

17:59 , Matt Verri

England currently sit bottom of their Nations League group after three matches. A defeat against Hungary has been followed by draws against both Germany and Italy, with Harry Kane’s penalty in Munich the only goal the Three Lions have managed.

Italy are top with five points, ahead of Hungary on four who backed up their win over England with a draw on home soil against Germany. Hansi Flick’s side have three points, with England on two. Still very tight.

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Southgate: Winless run doesn’t change World Cup thoughts

17:52 , Matt Verri

Whatever the result against Hungary tonight, Gareth Southgate will remain unfazed as England continue on the road to Qatar, writes Simon Collings.

Tonight is England’s fourth and final game this month, which has proved to be a testing time in their World Cup preparations. So far, three games have yielded just one goal (a penalty from Harry Kane against Germany) and no wins, while defeat to Hungary was England’s first loss to them in 60 years.

Southgate has come under fire and, although a convincing win against the Magyars tonight would quieten the critics, it will not change the way Southgate looks at the journey to Qatar.

“Well, it would be a more enjoyable couple of months [if we won], but it won’t change how I would view the next period,” he said.

“I accept it would change external [perceptions]. We all want to leave with a win and if we win tonight, we’ve still got the chance to win this group.”

Click here for the full story

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Fans back at Molineux

17:44 , Matt Verri

England’s 0-0 draw with Italy last time out was played in front of only 2,000 children at Molineux, with the match officially behind closed doors as punishment for the scenes at the Euro 2020 final last year.

Back to normal tonight though - fans will return in numbers!


17:38 , Matt Verri

The Hungarians have proven difficult to breakdown during this Nations League run thus far, while England are struggling for goals.

With that in mind, the Three Lions’ winless run may well be extended in frustrating fashion.

A 1-1 draw.

How England could line-up...

17:31 , Matt Verri

Predicted England XI: Pickford; James, Guehi, Stones, Trippier; Phillips, Bellingham, Gallagher; Saka, Kane, Bowen.

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Early team news

17:24 , Matt Verri

Jordan Pickford, Kyle Walker and John Stones are all pushing to return alongside Harry Kane and Raheem Sterling.

Conor Gallagher is set to get a chance to impress but Phil Foden remains a doubt.

Foden missed the reverse fixture, a 1-0 defeat in Budapest earlier this month, and last week’s draws with Italy and Germany after testing positive for Covid. He is back in training ahead of Tuesday’s game at Molineux, but speaking on Monday, Gareth Southgate said he was unsure whether the Manchester City man would be ready to feature.

Reece James and Mason Mount were perhaps the only players who made a case for another start during Saturday’s draw with Italy.

For Hungary, Peter Gulasci is suspended, with Denes Dibusz likely to replace him in goal.

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(Action Images via Reuters)

How to watch England vs Hungary

17:16 , Matt Verri

TV channel: The game will be broadcast free on Channel 4, with coverage starting at 7pm BST.

Live stream: All 4 will offer a live stream service.

Live blog: Follow all of the action right here with us! Both Simon Collings and Malik Ouzia will be providing expert analysis from the ground.


16:50 , Matt Verri

Good evening and welcome to the Evening Standard’s LIVE coverage of the Nations League game between England and Hungary.

Kick-off at Molineux is at 7.45pm, with a full crowd welcome this time.

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