Gareth Southgate’s England are bidding to keep their qualification for the 2022 World Cup in Qatar on track as they travel to Budapest to meet Hungary in a tasty group clash
It almost seems a lifetime ago that England were lining up in a major final on the verge of ending 55 years of hurt.
Euro 2020 fever had swept the nation as choruses of ‘Sweet Caroline’ could be heard far and wide.
But alas, it wasn’t to be, as Gareth Southgate’s side ultimately fell short in an agonising penalty shootout defeat to eventual champions Italy.
While the scars of that defeat are still fresh, the Three Lions now have to dust themselves off and continue their qualifying campaign for next year’s World Cup and another crack at silverware.
England currently top their group after three wins from all three of their fixtures so far, and will be keen on maintaining their perfect record.
However, first up in this international break they meet a Hungary side following close behind in the table, unbeaten from their opening matches and with just two less points on their tally.
Here’s everything you need to know about the match.
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When is Hungary vs England?
The two sides meet at the Ferenc Puskas Stadium in Budapest on Thursday, September 2, with kick-off scheduled for 7:45pm.
It is the first meeting between the nations since a friendly encounter at Wembley Stadium in 2010 when Steven Gerrard grabbed both of England’s goals in a 2-1 win.
What channel is the match on?
The game will be broadcast live on ITV1 with coverage starting from 7:15pm.
Viewers can also stream the action via the ITV Hub.
England have just the one injury concern ahead of the match as winger Jadon Sancho could miss out after suffering a knock in training.
Asked his thoughts on the fixture ahead, Southgate said: “The team has gained confidence from what they achieved and the progress they’ve made, not only this summer, but over the last four years.
“But equally we have to start again. The journey to having the chance of another run like that in a tournament is under way. We have got to be at our very best.
“Mentally it’s a good test for us. Away from home, 60,000 fans and a very good team we’re playing against.”
England unsurprisingly go into the match as favourites as they look to keep their 100% record on track.
Grosvenor Sports offer odds of 2/5 for the Three Lions to collect all three points with captain Harry Kane a tempting 3/1 to open the scoring.
Hungary – 7/1
Draw – 33/10
England – 2/5
Harry Kane – 3/1
Raheem Sterling – 22/5
Patrick Bamford – 22/5
Jadon Sancho – 23/4
Jack Grealish – 13/2
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