Gareth Southgate’s side return to action for the firs time since their heart-breaking penalty shootout defeat to Italy
Harry Kane to find the net is one of the best wagers in Thursday night’s World Cup qualifier in Budapest.
England take to the stage for the first time since their penalty shoot-out defeat against Italy earlier this summer but Gareth Southgate’s side can’t afford to have a Euro 2020 hangover if they are to take maximum points from their trip to Budapest.
Marco Rossi’s side have been among the goals so far in this qualifying group, scoring 10 goals across their three matches against Poland, Andorra and San Marino and although they didn’t manage to win any of their three group-stage matches at the Euros, Hungary emerged with a good deal of credit after drawing with world champions France as well as Germany.
Indeed, it needed an 84th minute equaliser from Leon Goretzka in the final group game to prevent Hungary progressing to the knock-out stages, which would have been a remarkable achievement.
This is generally regarded as England’s toughest Group I fixture so don’t expect Gareth Southgate to make too many changes from the side that lost out to Italy at Wembley.
It’s been a turbulent few weeks for Harry Kane but, after starting his first game of the new Premier League season against Watford at the weekend, the Spurs front man should be primed to lead England’s line, ably supported by the likes of Raheem Sterling and his Manchester City teammate Jack Grealish. Kane, who will be on penalty-taking duties once again, rates a decent wager to find the net at any time, which is a 21/20 chance with Grosvenor Sport.
England games tended to be low-scoring affairs through the Euros but they conceded in their World Cup qualifier against Poland in March and Hungary scored at least once in six of their last seven home matches. With that in mind, backing both teams to score (yes) makes some appeal at 7/5.
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England Team News
Injuries to Marcus Rashford, Dominic Calvert-Lewin and Ollie Watkins mean that that Patrick Bamford gets his first call-up to Gareth Southgate’s squad, in the same week that the Leeds United striker signed a five-year deal with his club. Expect Bamford to start on the bench.
The Three Lions are also without Dean Henderson, Phil Foden and Arsenal new boy Ben White.
White’s teammate Bukayo Saka is pushing for a place in the starting eleven with the likes of Jack Grealish and Raheem Sterling. Harry Kane, who started for Spurs against Watford at the weekend, looks set to lead the line.
Hungary vs England odds
Hungary – 7/1
England – 2/5
Draw – 33/10
Hungary vs England kick-off time and venue
The match kicks off at 7.45pm BST on Thursday September 2, 2021. It will be played at the Puskas Arena in Budapest, which has a capacity of 67,000.
Where to watch Hungary v England
Catch Hungary vs England is live on ITV and the programme begins at 7.15pm BST. ITV also have a highlights show scheduled for 10.45pm which will also include other World Cup qualifying matches from around Europe.