Southgate acknowledges England’s failings

England v Hungary – FIFA World Cup Qualifying Group I – Wembley Stadium – Reaction

England 1-1 Hungary

Disjointed – Off-colour – Ineffective… Take your pick. This was far from a classic England performance and boss, Gareth Southgate knew it.

In fairness, it’s not an accusation tossed too often at England these days. But standards have been set – expectations elevated. Hungary, smarting from the four-goal pummeling they received from the Three Lions in Budapest, were in no mood to roll over again.

Indeed, it was the Magyars who took the lead. Roland Sallai converting from the penalty spot midway through the opening period after Luke Shaw had been penalised for a high boot on Loic Nego.

John Stones was England’s unlikely saviour, bundling home the equaliser eight minutes before the interval, And although they huffed and puffed, the home side never really looked capable of finding a decisive goal.

“It was a disappointing performance,” Southgate conceded.
“Full credit to Hungary, they caused us a tactical problem. We weren’t fluid and we didn’t play at the level we needed to, simple as that.

“It’s difficult to pinpoint why. We’ll go away and think about the balance of the team but I think individually we can be better as well. We made lots of simple mistakes with the ball.”


Brian Jeeves