Southgate and mason Mount ahead of Hungary WC qualifier
Gareth Southgate’s team sit atop Group I on 19 points as they close in on a spot at next winter’s world championship in Qatar, having dispatched Andorra 5-0 in their most recent outing on Saturday night. Jack Grealish and Ben Chilwell scored their first international goals in that game, while Bukayo Saka, Tammy Abraham and James Ward-Prowse also netted. Despite fine performances from a number of his players in Andorra, Southgate has made nine changes here, having said this week: “We have got a very strong squad and part of the reason we made the changes we did the other night is there were some specific profiles of players we thought could help us win the game. Also, we want the squad to feel involved and it is important they know they are valued, that they can contribute.”
Tonight’s visitors Hungary occupy fourth place in the qualifying group with 10 points, having been beaten 1-0 by Albania at the weekend. Their reverse fixture against England in September saw the Three Lions emerge victorious by a 4-0 scoreline, and Southgate will be keen to see his side produce a similar result here. Follow live updates from England vs Hungary below.
Here come the teams
Harry Kane leads out England to a big round of applause from the fans. The Three Lions could effectively sow up qualification for the World Cup with a victory tonight, although it won’t be mathematically official.
Gareth Southgate has certainly named a team that will go for the win.
Michael Jones12 October 2021 19:41
Pre-match thoughts of Gareth Southgate
Gareth Southgate spoke to ITV before kick off to explain some of his changes and what he expects from England tonight. Take a look:
Michael Jones12 October 2021 19:38
Mason Mount reveals missing Euro 2020 game played part in decision to get jab
Mason Mount has revealed missing part of England’s Euro 2020 run while having to self-isolate was a factor in his decision to get vaccinated against coronavirus.
This camp came amid fresh scrutiny about vaccination rates within football.
Michael Jones12 October 2021 19:34
Mount on Ballon d’Or shortlist
Mason Mount has been named on the shortlist for the 2021 Ballon d’Or award which is one of the oldest and most prestigious individual award for football players.
Mount won the Champions League last season with Chelsea and featured heavily throughout England’s run to the European Championship final.
“It was special,” he said. “I probably found out at the same time as everyone else. To see that and to see the names, to be alongside those names, it’s obviously a dream.
“For all of the years that you work hard, dedicate… it shows that everything pays off and it’s just the start it, it doesn’t stop now.”
Michael Jones12 October 2021 19:29
Kane closing in on another record
Harry Kane has scored 41 England goals and 36 of those have been netted in competitive internationals. In England’s history, only Wayne Rooney with 37 has ever scored more goals in competitive games than Kane.
Rooney scored one every 154 minutes in competitive games, while Kane is scoring on average one every 118 minutes.
Will the England captain beat Rooney’s record tonight?
Michael Jones12 October 2021 19:25
England have won their last 21 major tournament qualifiers at home, scoring 73 goals and conceding seven since a 1-1 draw with the Ukraine in September 2012.
Michael Jones12 October 2021 19:21
Gareth Southgate plans England attacking evolution to stay challenging among world’s elite
“What got us to the final of the Euros won’t be enough,” the England manager said. “There were four teams that were in the semi-finals this week. You saw the quality of the games, you saw the level of the players. We’ve got to make sure we are in that bracket of teams to be challenging. To do that we have to constantly be improving.”
Michael Jones12 October 2021 19:18
England vs Hungary
Since losing 2-1 back in May 1962, England have only trailed for seven minutes in 14 games against Hungary, falling behind in an August 2010 friendly in the 62nd minute to a Phil Jagielka own goal, before Steven Gerrard equalised in the 69th minute.
Michael Jones12 October 2021 19:14
England vs Hungary
England are unbeaten in their last 14 matches against Hungary in all competitions, with 12 wins and two draws, since losing 2-1 at the 1962 World Cup under Walter Winterbottom.
Michael Jones12 October 2021 19:10
England are in the house
England’s players have arrived and checked out the pitch. Gareth Southgate elected to go with Phil Foden over Jordan Henderson after Foden’s brilliant display against Andorra at the weekend. Southgate has named an attacking starting line up who should be able to create a lot of chances against Hungary.
Michael Jones12 October 2021 19:06