Less than two months after their heartbreaking Euro 2020 final penalty shootout defeat by Italy on home soil, England are back in action tonight as they look ahead to the future and the next major tournament challenge on the horizon.
The Three Lions travel to Budapest hoping to continue their 100 per cent start to qualifying for the 2022 World Cup following wins over San Marino, Albania and Poland back in March, with this arguably the toughest test they will face on the road to Qatar.
Gareth Southgate’s side currently sit top of Group I, two points ahead of Hungary, who have made an unbeaten start to the campaign and also gave the likes of France and Germany a real scare at the Euros.
There will be a capacity crowd of more than 60,000 fans at the Puskas Arena this evening, with Hungary’s two-game stadium ban handed down by Uefa back in July for discriminatory behaviour from supporters not applying to Fifa competitions.
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There will be a crowd of more than 60,000 inside the Puskas Arena tonight, despite Hungary being handed a three-game – with one match suspended – stadium ban by Uefa for discriminatory behaviour by their supporters at the Euros, where Budapest was a host city.
The ban does not apply to Fifa competitions.
England’s players will be taking a knee ahead of kick-off.
Standard Sport prediction
The bulk of the Hungary squad is the same as that which impressed at Euro 2020 with additions including debutants in striker Daniel Salloi and defender Mark Tamas.
And as they showed at those finals, it would be wrong to take them lightly.
But England made their own mark this summer, have also got the majority of the players who served them so well then, and welcomed back Alexander-Arnold, who missed out through injury.
A tight game, yes, but one that England should edge.
Hungary team news
Hosts Hungary are without midfielder David Siger, defender Gergo Lovrencsics and right-back Loic Nego this evening, while Bristol City’s Adam Nagy is suspended.
However, Italian boss Marco Rossi is boosted by the return of RB Leipzig midfielder Dominik Szoboszlai, who missed the European Championship with a persistent groin problem.
England team news
England will be without Jadon Sancho tonight due to a minor knock sustained by the Manchester United winger in training yesterday.
Jack Grealish is in line to make only his third senior Three Lions start and Leeds frontman Patrick Bamford will hope to feature in some capacity after being handed his maiden call-up.
Trent-Alexander Arnold and Jesse Lingard are both back in the squad, but Everton striker Dominic Calvert-Lewin withdrew earlier this week due to a thigh issue.
How to watch Hungary vs England
The game is being screened live by ITV with the programme starting at 7.15pm.
There is also a highlights show featuring this match and others from across Europe at 10.45pm.
Date, kick-off time and venue
Hungary vs England will kick-off at 7.45pm BST this evening – Thursday, September 2, 2021.
The match will be at the Puskas Arena in Budapest.
Welcome to Hungary vs England LIVE coverage
Good evening and welcome to Standard Sport’s LIVE coverage of tonight’s Group I 2022 World Cup qualifier between Hungary and England.
This evening represents the Three Lions’ first contest since the utter heartbreak of losing the Euro 2020 final on penalties to Italy at Wembley back in July.
Stay tuned for all the latest match build-up, latest team news and live updates, with Standard Sport’s chief football correspondent Dan Kilpatrick at the Puskas Arena in Budapest.