Wednesday, October 27, 2021

NOT ENOUGH HUNGARY Gareth Southgate criticizes “not fluid” England flop after a terrible 1-1 home draw with Hungary

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ENGLAND coach Gareth Southgate has not undone a damning assessment of his players after the 1-1 home draw with Hungary.

John Stones spared the Three Lions blush with a first-half equalizer on a forgetful night at Wembley for World Cup qualifiers.

Roland Sallai had put the guests in the lead in the 24th minute with a penalty.

It came after Luke Shaw’s foot was rated dangerously high on Loic Nego by referee Alejandro Hernandez – and VAR agreed.

This means that England cannot guarantee qualification for Group I until the last game when they face Minnow San Marino.

Southgate’s forces need four points from this game and the one against Albania.

Despite a lot of offensive talent on the field, hardly any chances were created because the balls in the penalty area were bad all night.

After the game with ITV, the gaffer said: “Disappointing performance. Full credit to Hungary, they gave us a tactical problem and we weren’t fluid.”

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“We haven’t played at the level we need, it’s that simple. It’s hard to pinpoint and we’ll look at the balance of the team. We made simple mistakes with the ball.”

“We have to go away and think and shouldn’t judge things by a game and this experiment.

“We weren’t keen on our game from the start, we gave the ball away, overran things and today we have to hold up our hands for the first time in a long time.

“I don’t think we should look at individual players, overall we haven’t played at the level we need.”

Declan Rice, one of the few players to have credit, admitted the performance was “poor”.

He added: “You can say it’s bad because we drew the game but we dominated.

“[It was a] Giving away silly penalties, but we got back into the game and couldn’t get that killer touch.

“You have to give your opponents credit sometimes, Hungary were much better than away. I still think we did enough to win the game.”

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