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Somber England defeated Hungary 4-0 in worst defeat in modern times – Rating and Analysis

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Hungary took the lead through Adam Sallai after 16 minutes and England never recovered

Gareth Southgate’s troubles with England only grew worse with a humiliating 4-0 home defeat by Hungary – the worst in modern times.

England 0-4 Hungary (Salai 16′, 70′, 80′, Rich 89′)

Despite his side enjoying most of the possession, it was the visitors who broke the deadlock after just 16 minutes when the ball broke free from a free kick for Roland Sallai to fire home at the back post.

From then on it seemed to be the same old story for the men of Southgate. They enjoyed plenty of possession but couldn’t make anything meaningful out of it, which was typical when Harry Kane put too much on one ball for Bukayo Saka as they broke three for two in the 35th minute.

Booed at half-time, England’s Raheem Sterling came on for Jarrod Bowen, switching to a full-back system hoping to challenge his opponent more. Yet as the clock ticked, the same repurposing of possessions continued, and the crowd grew uneasy at the failure to create.

No wonder, as in the 68th minute – after Phillips mishandled the ball and then missed a tackle – Hungary broke on the break and doubled Sallai’s lead.

England continued to attack, with Kane hitting the bar in the 77th minute, but it wasn’t long before Hungary were 3-0 up with 10 to play. Again they broke against a sloppy home defense that failed to catch their men and again they took advantage as Zsolt Nagy drilled home.

The night had now taken on the atmosphere of farce and John Stones was undeservedly red carded with a second yellow card in the 82nd minute. Three soon became four in the 89th minute when Daniel Gazdag broke and Aaron Ramsdale gushed cool.

In the end, it was the booming boos and chants of ‘you don’t know what you’re doing’ that spoke most of what had been a terrible night for England.

Aaron Ramsdale: Ramsdale should have done better on a bad night for third and fourth Hungary. 4

Kyle Walker: Walker had limited impact offensively or defensively throughout. 4

John Stones: England’s oldest centre-back failed to clear Hungary’s opening free-kick and was then sent off late with a second yellow card suspension. However undeserved, it summed up his night. 4

Marc Guehi: Guehi had limited impact, showing little of his impressive club form. 5

ReeceJames: After switching crosses in the game against Italy, James made good progress, while England had their best play on the left in the first half. Switching to the right after half-time and playing more at full-back, he made up, but four goals conceded means he can’t earn more than five. 5

Conor Gallagher: Gallagher distributed the game well and delivered precise balls into the penalty area, but didn’t create any good chances and was substituted in the 55th minute. 5

Calvin Phillips: Phillips struggled to switch the ball quickly – a real factor in the creation’s failure. He was then to blame when Hungary broke for the second time. 3

Jarrod Bowen: The West Ham winger made good progress in the first half but failed to create. He was substituted at half-time. 5

Jude Bellingham: Although Bellingham was sometimes sloppy in tackles, he was often making good runs into the box until he was substituted in the 68th minute. England are probably the best tonight, although it’s not a great achievement. 6

Bukayo Saka: Some good moments but the Arsenal man was off pace and didn’t create anything of real quality. 4

Harry Kane: No real chances and played a bad ball in Saka when England broke a 35th minute. Not good enough of the talisman. 5

Rachel Sterling: Sterling came on for Bowen at half-time and added more enthusiasm up front but didn’t create any real moments of quality. 5

Mason mountain: Mount replaced Gallagher just before the hour mark but failed to change the game. 5

Phil Foden: Foden came on for Bellingham, was difficult but ultimately did little. 5

Harry Maguire: Maguire, who came on for Saka in the 85th minute, was brought on to ensure the result didn’t deteriorate further. He was rooted to the spot when Hungary broke and bypassed him 4-0. 4

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