Preview: Hungary vs England – prediction, team news, lineups
Having been this close so far at Euro 2020, the England team reunites for qualifying matches for the 2022 World Cup in September, beginning with Thursday’s trip to Puskas Arena to face Hungary.
The Three Lions have taken maximum points from their first three qualifying Group I matches, while Hungary is second in the group with two wins and a draw so far.
For a team expected to be surprised by the superiority of France, Germany, and Portugal in the Euro 2020 kill group, Hungary stood firm and won the hearts of neutrals before bowing with its head held high.
Marco Rossi’s team seemed destined for a demoralizing summer after being sunk 3-0 by Portugal in their opening match of the tournament but managed to score two points from clashes with 2018 World Cup winners France and 2014 champion Germany. before finishing in fourth place. expected – in the group.
The resilient nature of Rossi’s squad was on display for all before Euro 2020 kicked off, as the world’s 37th nation embarked on an 11-game unbeaten streak in all competitions before their loss to Portugal, including three striking results in the World Cup Qualification.
After being forced to settle for a 3-3 draw with Poland, courtesy of Robert Lewandowski’s late draw, Hungary proceeded to sink San Marino 3-0 before an equally dominant 4-1 win over Andorra, results that make them take second place in the group. with the highest goal count so far (10).
The defeat to Portugal on the opening day of Euro 2020 represents Hungary’s only defeat in 14 games across all tournaments, and with three clean sheets to show off from their last four home games, England have a lot of work to show that his rear is the most inflexible.
The gruesome incidences of post-match online abuse may have overshadowed England’s extraordinary run towards the Euro 2020 final, but those on the pitch gave the Wembley faithful a chance to dream of a first international trophy since. 1966.
Having overtaken Germany, Ukraine, and Denmark en route to the main event, England failed to take advantage of Luke Shaw’s opener as Leonardo Bonucci scored home after a fight at the goal scoop and Bukayo’s missed penalties. Saka, Marcus Rashford, and Jadon Sancho saw hearts and hopes shattered.
However, the much-admired Gareth Southgate now has a World Cup semi-final and a European Championship runner-up medal on his CV, and if the theme for improvement is to continue in 2022, preparations for a trophy parade should begin. without equal. now.
Of course, it would be crazy to dream of success in Qatar right now, but Southgate’s team have secured three wins out of three over San Marino, Albania, and Poland in qualifying Group I, scoring nine goals and conceding just one in qualifying. that time.
The defeat to Italy in the final of Euro 2020 ended a 12-game unbeaten streak in all competitions for the Three Lions, who maintained a staggering 10 clean sheets during that streak, and three points in Budapest is not less than the faithful of England will demand of their followers. He returned to Wembley for Sunday’s clash with Andorra.
Hungary possible starting lineup:
Gulacsi; Botka, Orban, At. Szalai; Bolla, Schafer, Szoboszlai, Nagy, Fiola; Sallai, Ad. Szalai
England possible starting lineup:
Pickford; Walker, Stones, Maguire, Shaw; Rice, Phillips; Sterling, Mount, Grealish; Kane