UEFA Men's Nations League - Group A3

England 0-4 Hungary: Visitors earn historic win at Molineux

By Alex BysouthBBC Sport at Molineux
England 0-4 Hungary: A chastening experience - Southgate

England's dismal Nations League campaign continued as they slumped to their worst home defeat since 1928 against a ruthless Hungary to leave Gareth Southgate's side rooted to the bottom of Group A3.

The Three Lions have now gone four games without a victory for the first time since 2014 and look worryingly out of form and confidence with a World Cup looming at the end of this year.

They could do nothing but capitulate to a humiliating and potentially damaging defeat that had the crowd booing and baying for Southgate's job at the final whistle.

Roland Sallai put the visitors in front with a well-taken finish at the back post, then doubled Hungary's lead with his second on the break 20 minutes from time.

There was more to come from a rampant Hungary, as Zsolt Nagy fired in from range and - after John Stones was sent off to compound a woeful evening for the hosts - Daniel Gazdag finished smartly to wrap up a second historic win over England in 10 days.

Jarrod Bowen had earlier missed a decent chance at the back post from Reece James' cross and Harry Kane flicked a header against the bar, but the hosts once again lacked the belief and inventiveness to open up their opposition.

Hungary - who top a group that also includes Germany and Italy - were well organised and clinical to earn only their second win over the Three Lions on English soil and first since a famous 6-3 success at Wembley in 1953.

Three Lions slump to historic loss

The idea was the Three Lions would be buoyed by a packed and boisterous Molineux, after playing out a goalless draw against Italy in front of a couple of thousand schoolchildren on Saturday, but such is the brittle confidence in this England side at the moment that Hungary's opener knocked them off their stride and they never recovered.

Southgate made nine changes to the side that drew with Italy and England did start with some purpose when Reece James, from left-back, combined well with Kane before lofting a ball to the back post, where Bowen was unable to turn it in.

The West Ham forward should also have done better when England caught the visitors on the break after James had hooked off his own line to stop Hungary doubling their lead.

Substitute Phil Foden dragged an effort wide and Kane flicked a header against the crossbar, but the night belonged to Hungary as they showcased a clinical edge that England have been lacking throughout this international break.

What England have been throughout Southgate's tenure is solid at the back, not conceding more than once in 25 previous games before this one. But as Sallai pounced after Kalvin Phillips lost possession in midfield to double their lead, Nagy slammed in a third and Gazdag added a late fourth, that run was ruthlessly cut to pieces.

It brings a brutal end to a long campaign for these players, who will be grateful to take a break before pre-season begins with their clubs again in a few weeks.

But Southgate will be left to ponder this defeat knowing he has just two games left in September to arrest this slide before England head to the World Cup in Qatar, and also contend with the real possibility of relegation from the top tier of Nations League football.

Magical Rossi takes Hungary top

Marco Rossi has created a resilient and hard-to-beat Hungary side, as England discovered in the opening Nations League game - one who took a point off Germany last time out and sat second in the group before this encounter in Wolverhampton. 

But you have to go back to 1953 and the Magical Magyars' famous 6-3 victory at Wembley to find Hungary's only previous victory against the Three Lions on English soil, showing just what a monumental task the Italian is doing with this squad.

Having ground out a 1-0 win over England at the beginning of this international break, they showed that was no fluke with this resilient and clinical performance that delighted the 700 or so visiting fans at Molineux. 

While Southgate's job will come into question after this performance, Rossi's stock is surely only on the rise having built a Hungary side who have proved they can mix it with the world's best.

Player of the match

SallaiRoland Sallai

with an average of 8.67


  1. Squad number10Player nameBellingham
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  2. Squad number7Player nameBowen
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  3. Squad number21Player nameFoden
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  4. Squad number1Player nameRamsdale
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  5. Squad number8Player nameGallagher
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  6. Squad number3Player nameJames
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  7. Squad number9Player nameKane
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  8. Squad number4Player namePhillips
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  9. Squad number2Player nameWalker
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  10. Squad number6Player nameGuéhi
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  11. Squad number11Player nameSaka
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  12. Squad number20Player nameSterling
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  13. Squad number5Player nameStones
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  14. Squad number19Player nameMount
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  15. Squad number14Player nameMaguire
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  1. Squad number20Player nameSallai
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  2. Squad number9Player nameSzalai
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  3. Squad number8Player nameNagy
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  4. Squad number19Player nameÁdám
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  5. Squad number10Player nameSzoboszlai
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  6. Squad number4Player nameSzalai
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  7. Squad number18Player nameNagy
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  8. Squad number16Player nameGazdag
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  9. Squad number7Player nameNégo
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  10. Squad number13Player nameSchäfer
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  11. Squad number5Player nameFiola
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  12. Squad number6Player nameOrbán
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  13. Squad number17Player nameStyles
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  14. Squad number2Player nameLang
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  15. Squad number1Player nameDibusz
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Formation 4-3-3

  • 1Ramsdale
  • 2WalkerBooked at 85mins
  • 5StonesBooked at 82mins
  • 6Guéhi
  • 3James
  • 8GallagherSubstituted forMountat 56'minutes
  • 4Phillips
  • 10BellinghamSubstituted forFodenat 68'minutes
  • 7BowenSubstituted forSterlingat 45'minutes
  • 9Kane
  • 11SakaSubstituted forMaguireat 85'minutes


  • 12Trippier
  • 13Pope
  • 14Maguire
  • 15Grealish
  • 16Coady
  • 17Ward-Prowse
  • 18Rice
  • 19Mount
  • 20Sterling
  • 21Foden
  • 22Pickford
  • 23Abraham


Formation 3-4-2-1

  • 1Dibusz
  • 2Lang
  • 6Orbán
  • 4Szalai
  • 5Fiola
  • 13Schäfer
  • 17StylesSubstituted forNagyat 56'minutes
  • 18NagyBooked at 89mins
  • 20SallaiSubstituted forNégoat 78'minutes
  • 10SzoboszlaiSubstituted forGazdagat 56'minutes
  • 9SzalaiSubstituted forÁdámat 68'minutes


  • 3Kecskés
  • 7Négo
  • 8Nagy
  • 11Schön
  • 14Bolla
  • 15Kerkez
  • 16Gazdag
  • 19Ádám
  • 21Spandler
  • 22Szappanos
  • 23Vécsei
Clément Turpin

Match Stats

Home TeamEnglandAway TeamHungary
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  1. Post update

    Match ends, England 0, Hungary 4.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, England 0, Hungary 4.

  3. Post update

    Attempt missed. Mason Mount (England) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the right. Assisted by Kalvin Phillips following a corner.

  4. Post update

    Corner, England. Conceded by Willi Orban.

  5. Booking

    Bendegúz Bolla (Hungary) is shown the yellow card for excessive celebration.

  6. Booking

    Zsolt Nagy (Hungary) is shown the yellow card.

  7. Goal!

    Goal! England 0, Hungary 4. Dániel Gazdag (Hungary) left footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Ádám Nagy with a through ball following a fast break.

  8. Post update

    Kalvin Phillips (England) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  9. Post update

    Foul by Attila Fiola (Hungary).

  10. Booking

    Kyle Walker (England) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  11. Post update

    Foul by Kyle Walker (England).

  12. Post update

    Loic Nego (Hungary) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  13. Substitution

    Substitution, England. Harry Maguire replaces Bukayo Saka.

  14. Post update

    Attempt missed. Phil Foden (England) right footed shot from the right side of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Reece James.

  15. Dismissal

    Second yellow card to John Stones (England) for a bad foul.

  16. Post update

    Foul by John Stones (England).

  17. Post update

    Dániel Gazdag (Hungary) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  18. Goal!

    Goal! England 0, Hungary 3. Zsolt Nagy (Hungary) left footed shot from outside the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Martin Ádám.

  19. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Loic Nego (Hungary) header from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Ádám Nagy with a cross.

  20. Substitution

    Substitution, Hungary. Loic Nego replaces Roland Sallai.


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