Fans turn to Gareth Southgate and players as England suffer stunning four-goal home loss to Hungary


England suffered a 4-0 home defeat to Hungary that was as remarkable as it was humiliating as fans turned on Gareth Southgate and his players just five months from the World Cup.

Among the favorites to triumph in Qatar after reaching the semi-finals four years ago and finishing runners-up at Euro 2020, the Three Lions boss has plenty to think about after failing to win one of four matches of June.

Draws with Germany and Italy ended in a famous Hungarian double, with the shock 1-0 triumph in Budapest – their first victory over England since 1962 – followed by a maiming of Molineux.

Roland Sallai’s brace was completed by a screamer from Zsolt Nagy and – shortly after John Stones’ red card – Daniel Gazdag’s cool finish on a night when fans booed the team and chanted ‘you don’t know what you do” at Southgate.

It was the worst possible end to England’s grueling four-game Nations League streak in just 11 days and leaves a sour taste in your mouth with just two September matches remaining before the World Cup.

The Three Lions were outmatched and beaten at Wolverhampton as Hungary won in England for only the second time. The other victory was the famous 6-3 triumph of the Mighty Magyars at Wembley in 1953.

The Southgate men are at the lowest of group A3 at the end of an evening which started with local supporters chanting ‘you racist b*******, you know what you are’ during the national anthem Hungarian.

England players faced racial abuse when the teams met in Budapest last September and earlier this month boos from stands full of children greeted Southgate players as they took a knee.

No Hungarian player joined the hosts in making the anti-racism gesture at Molineux, where Southgate’s men started on the front foot and had their first chance to score when Reece James crossed for Jarrod Bowen to slip away a header which been blocked.

England were playing with a goal and a promise, only to be caught by a punch against the run of play.

Stones pounced to deny Adam Lang a free-kick in the 16th minute, but the ball flew towards Sallai at the far post. The Hungarian striker controlled the ball on his thigh and passed Aaron Ramsdale.

England struggled to regain their composure and the mood would have darkened had James not been vigilant to prevent Kalvin Phillips from firing a free-kick into his own net.

Hungary played with confidence, with powerful skipper Adam Szalai trying his luck from distance as England struggled to find a leveler.

Stones saw a header comfortably saved by Denes Dibusz, who had to be vigilant to prevent Willi Orban from scoring an own goal. Conor Gallagher quickly brought the ball back into the box and Jude Bellingham headed wide.

Jeers hailed the half-time whistle at Molineux, where Bowen was replaced by Raheem Sterling as England went from a four-man defense to a three-man defense.

Bellingham came close to starring in Harry Kane and Southgate turned to Mason Mount as he returned to the proven trial in search of a much-needed leveler as fans grew restless.

Hungary sat deep and soaked up the pressure, with Phil Foden – back after contracting Covid-19 – also brought in to try and breathe life into England’s attack.

But moments later, Ramsdale took the ball back from their net as Hungary scored a second too easily.

Poor contact from Phillips was followed by the midfielder who was passed by substitute Martin Adam, who coolly slid towards Sallai to fire an opening shot past Ramsdale. The bench of Hungary ran onto the pitch in celebration. They would do it twice more.

Mount shot wide and Kane saw a header hit the bar before a bad night got worse.

Nagy came home from the edge of the box, dragging the fans out of the stadium and the chants of “you don’t know what you’re doing” aimed at Southgate.

Stones was sent off for a second soft yellow card as Gazdag appeared to run into him, before the Hungarian substitute applied salt to the injury.

He broke in to latch on to a through ball and, played by substitute Harry Maguire, scored a finish over a helpless Ramsdale.

Fans who remained in the stadium full-time booed England as the Hungary bench ran onto the pitch to celebrate a famous win that put them top of Group A3. England, on the other hand, are reeling from their biggest embarrassment since Iceland at Euro 2016.

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