This time last year, Gareth Southgate’s England opened a delayed Euro 2020 finals by beating Croatia at Wembley, before riding a wave of euphoria to reach their first major final for 55 years, before losing on penalties against Italy.
Today, England are clearly in pain and no longer seem to have the desire that once drove them, the players and supporters may be tired of football and the Southgate team.
The backdrop to those murmurings has been three distinctly disappointing performances in their Uefa Nations League campaign so far, starting with the defeat in Hungary, a point saved by Harry Kane’s penalty in Germany before a draw and scoreless in the “behind closed doors” match against Italy at Molineux on Saturday.
The stakes of the match
We start our prediction for the England v Hungary game with a home win and goals for both teams. Hungary have been in good form lately, having scored in each of their last four matches and in all of their Nations League matches so far. That’s why we encourage them to score. The reason we think England will win is twofold. Firstly, England are clearly a better team than Hungary. Secondly, despite their recent setbacks, the Three Lions have lost just one of their last 25 games, with 17 wins.
Harry Kane will score
Harry Kane is highly likely to return to the starting XI for this game. He finished the domestic season with five goals in the last five games for Tottenham and netted England’s only goal in this competition so far. If an opportunity arises, Kane has a strong chance to score.
Where to watch the game?
The England – Hungary match will be broadcast at 8:45 p.m. on L’Équipe Live. It will be refereed by the international referee, the French Clément Turpin.
To win at home, the Three Lions will probably take out the big team. England got off to a bad start in their Nations League group with no wins in three games. Will Gareth Southgate give playing time to some marginal players or will he call on all of his players in his quest for a first victory, and a rematch? Whatever Southgate chooses, another defeat is unthinkable here.
England : Pickford, Walker, Trippier, Maguire, Stones, Rice, Bellingham, Mount, Saka, Sterling, Kane.
Hungary are enjoying themselves in group three at the moment. They were considered underdogs before the start of the Nations League, but they have equipped themselves well. After 60 years of waiting for a win against England, they got it last week. Can they now secure a historic victory in England? Maybe, we are still looking at an England win or a draw at home
Hungary : Gulasci, Lang, Orban, Szalai, Fiola, Nagy, Styles. Nagy, Sallai, Szoboszlai, Szalai.
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