Quick Bit: England saw a 22-game unbeaten run ended by a defeat to Hungary in the UEFA Nations League. Here are the latest updates and highlights.
Hungary host England in the UEFA Nations League on Saturday in Budapest, with the visitors looking to extend their record unbeaten run.
The Three Lions won 4-0 on their previous visit and are heavy favourites to take maximum points despite missing a handful of players through illness and injury.
The match will be played officially behind closed doors due to sanctions issued against Hungary by FIFA and UEFA.
The Sporting News brings you all the latest updates, highlights
Hungary vs. England score
Hungary vs. England live updates, highlights from UEFA Nations League
KICKOFF: We’re off and running in Budapest.
10 mins until kickoff: We’re not far from getting underway here. Gareth Southgate is certainly keen to make the most of this fixture:
“We are preparing for a World Cup, but we are also wanting to develop players and we are also wanting to do well in this competition and try to win it,” he said.
“We work in the right way to get the best possible performance on the field.”
45 mins until kickoff: Today’s game in Hungary’s capital will be played behind closed doors, although there will be plenty of spectators (of a particular age range) in attendance. You can read all about the details here.
Veteran goalkeeper Peter Gulacsi starts for Hungary, as do captain Adam Szalai, Dominik Szoboszlai, and Willi Orban.
Hungary team: Gulacsi (GK) — At. Szalai, Orban, Lang — Nagy, Schafer, A. Nagy, Nego — Szoboszlai, Szalai, Sallai.
Hungary subs: Dibusz (GK), Szappanos (GK), Kecskes, Fiola, Salloi, Bolla, Kleinheisler, Vancsa, Styles, Adam, Spandler, Vecsei.
The England starting XI has been announced, and there will indeed be a debut for Jarrod Bowen — and Leicester City’s James Justin!
They become debutants numbers 1,270 and 1,271 in the history of England’s national team.
England team: Pickford (GK) — Maguire, Coady, Walker — Justin, Rice, Bellingham, Alexander-Arnold — Bowen, Kane, Mount.
England subs: Pope (GK), Ramsdale (GK), Trippier, Stones, James, Grealish, Ward-Prowse, Gallagher, Phillips, Sterling, Saka, Abraham.
1 hour 30 mins until kickoff: Gareth Southgate confirmed this week that Phil Foden will miss today’s game after testing positive for COVID-19, while Raheem Sterling is a doubt with illness. Defenders Fikayo Tomori and Marc Guehi are expected to sit out the game with minor injuries.
It means we could see a debut for West Ham forward Jarrod Bowen, which would cap a superb season for the 25-year-old forward.
2 hours until kickoff: Hello and welcome to The Sporting News’ live coverage of the UEFA Nations League match between Hungary and England.
The Three Lions were 4-0 winners in the last meeting in Budapest between these sides, although Hungary did hold the Euro 2020 finalists to a 1-1 draw at Wembley last October.
Gareth Southgate is looking to extend his side’s record unbeaten run to 22 matches in all competitions.
How to watch Hungary vs. England
UK: In the UK, the match is available on free-to-air TV through Channel 4 or their streaming platform All4.
USA: The match will be exclusively on fuboTV in English. It will be available in Spanish on Univision platform ViX.
Canada: The match can be seen via DAZN.
Australia: Viewers can follow the action via Optus Sport.
Hungary vs. England predicted lineups
Hungary head coach Marco Rossi has the majority of his star names available for UEFA Nations League duty this month with the country’s domestic league season ending on May 8.
Veteran goal keeper Peter Gulacsi is included in the squad alongside key trio Willi Orban, Adam Szalai and Dominik Szoboszlai.
Hungary predicted lineup (3-4-3): Gulacsi (GK) — Fiola, Orban, Lang — Nagy, Schafer, Styles, Nego — Szoboszlai, Szalai, Sallai.
Southgate has omitted Manchester United duo Jadon Sancho and Marcus Rashford from his squad alongside Liverpool skipper Jordan Henderson.
England will be without Phil Foden, who tested positive for COVID-19, while Raheem Sterling is a doubt, so there could be a debut for West Ham’s Jarrod Bowen. Defenders Fikayo Tomori and Marc Guehi are expected to sit out the game with minor injuries.
England predicted lineup (3-4-3): Pickford (GK) — Maguire, Stones, Walker — Trippier, Rice, Bellingham, James — Bowen, Kane, Mount.
Hungary vs. England betting odds
England head into this game on the back of a nine-match unbeaten streak following their penalty shootout defeat against Italy in the final of Euro 2020. That run includes a 4-0 victory in Hungary in September.
Despite the squad reporting for international duty on the back of a demanding club season, England will be confident of a strong return in these games, particularly against a Hungary side who have won just two of their past eight home games inside 12 months.
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Why is Hungary vs. England behind closed doors?
The match will be played without any fans present due to sanctions issued by FIFA against Hungary.
The punishment was handed down following racism experienced by England players during the World Cup qualifying match in Budapest last September.
Hungary were also fined ?158,400 ($199,300), “FIFA takes a clear zero tolerance stance against such abhorrent behaviour in football,” football’s governing body said in a statement.
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