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England 1 - 1 Hungary: score, goals, highlights, 2022 World Cup qualifying

Soccer Football - World Cup - UEFA Qualifiers - Group I - England v Hungary - Wembley Stadium, London, Britain - October 12, 2021 England's Raheem Sterling in action with Hungary's Andras Schafer Action Images via Reuters/Carl Recine

England 1-1 Hungary: as it happened

Peeep peeep peeep! England fail to win at home in major-tournament qualifying for the first time since 2012, and, it has to be said, Hungary are well worth their point. England had most of the ball but were far from brimming with creativity; the Hungarians defended stoutly, and even looked capable of nicking a winner on the break.

Over in Tirana, Poland have beaten Albania - in a game that was temporarily halted over crowd trouble - meaning Paulo Sousa's side leapfrog the Albanians into second and have cut England's gap at the top to three points. By my calculations, Gareth Southgate's men now need four points from their final two games to be sure of qualification. You would expect them to manage that at home to Albania and away to San Marino, but they find themselves in the midst of a mini-stumble in Group I.

As for Hungary, they're six points off Poland with a vastly inferior goal difference, so their hopes of getting into the play-offs now rest on snatching one of those two spots reserved for Nations League group winners, you would think.

That's all from me - thanks for reading!


Foden's free-kick is cleared, but England win a corner, which is finally worked back out for Foden to clip a ball into the box from the left-hand channel. It drops to Watkins at the back post, but he can only turn a weak effort straight towards Gulácsi. That was his moment to be the hero.


Hungary make another double change, bringing on Bolla and Nikolic for Negó and Szoboszlai. England are also going to make a substitution, because Abraham looks to have picked up a knock. Aston Villa's Ollie Watkins is on in his place.


Shaw crosses into the box, but Attila Szalai heads clear. Back come England, and Shaw wins a free-kick in crossing territory on the left.


Foden curls an inswinging cross towards Mount at the back post. Gulácsi is out to punch clear - only as far as Shaw, whose bouncing ball into the box is headed just wide by Abraham. An offside flag goes up against the Roma striker, however. More than a tinge of desperation about England's attacking play now.

Four minutes of time added on.



Henderson's good through ball to Shaw launches a quick England break, but Foden can only play Shaw's in-field pass back to the left-back, before Kecskes boots clear. It's been a really disappointing second half from the hosts.


What a good chance for Holender! England are struggling to create chances for a winner, and have just flirted with going behind. Saka dallies on the ball just outside his own box, and has his pocket picked by Zsolt Nagy. Nagy plays it to Holender, who's in plenty of space to shoot inside the area, but he blasts over! The substitute holds his head in his hands, and well he might.


Stones is back in, with strapping on what looks like a damaged right wrist.

Henderson tries to fizz a long, low ball into the run of Foden into the box, but it's well overhit and is out for a Hungary goal-kick.


Mount wins a free-kick on the left, which Shaw will take. He curls it over to the penalty spot, where Stones is penalised for a foul on Kecskes. Stones hurts himself in the process, and needs a bit of attention.

10 minutes to go. It's been a much less comfortable evening for England than it was a month ago in Budapest.


It remains Albania 0-0 Poland in Tirana.

Hungary also make a double substitution, Bálint Vécsei and János Hahn coming on for Schäfer and Sallai.


England make a double change, Jordan Henderson and Tammy Abraham replacing Sterling and Kane.


Saka slips it through to Kane on the right-hand side of the box, but, though he's very well placed and the ball sits up nicely for him, he blazes wildly off target. Ah, but he was offside, anyway.


Adam Nagy crosses low from the right, but Stones blocks. Hungary win it right back, however, and Mings and Walker have to look alive to get Szboszlai's cross behind. Sallai was waiting in the middle.

Kane heads Szboszlai's corner clear, but again the visitors get possession back quickly. Schäfer crosses from the left, but it's too close to Pickford, who grabs hold of it.


There's a chance for Sterling! Lang brings the ball out from the back before getting in a horrible tangle and gifting possession to Kane. He doesn't need a second invitation to slip a lovely through ball into the box and into the path of Sterling, but Gulácsi is quickly out to make himself big and gather the forward's attempted finish.


Walker plays a long diagonal pass to meet the run of Shaw to the back of the box, but the left-back succeeds only in heading it behind for a goal-kick.


Hungary make their first substitution, replacing Schön with Filip Holender.


Aside from the odd Hungarian forward foray, it is all being played in the visitors' half.

Szoboszlai is down holding his face after being inadvertently caught by Shaw. He looks like he'll be OK, though.


Hungary are certainly looking threatening going forward from time to time. Sallai tries to dink a ball over Mings' head and into the run of Schön into the box, but the Aston Villa defender isn't to be beaten by the pass. The flag was up for offside, anyway.


Bukayo Saka is on for Grealish.


Grealish plays it square to Foden, who zips it out to Sterling. His low ball into the middle is deflected behind for a corner.

Foden delivers - and Stones is close to grabbing his second of the night! His header is directed downwards, but just a yard or so past Gulácsi's far post.

Crowd trouble in Hungary section

There have been some clashes between travelling Hungary fans and the security forces at Wembley, ITV reports.


At one end, Stone and Mings have to look alive to block a shooting chance for Schäfer from the edge of the box, before, at the other, Kane cuts inside from the left and thumps a shot straight at Gulácsi.


Sterling is released into the box on the right-hand side, before driving to the byline and zipping a ball across goal - but with white shirts waiting, Gulácsi gets a hand to the ball and Hungary clear.

Back come England through Sterling, though, the Manchester City forward cutting inside before feeding Kane, in the box with his back to goal. He tries to twist into a shooting position, but his dispossessed.


Hungary mount their first attack of the second half, producing a neat exchange of passes before finally working it to Schön, whose shot is blocked.


Grealish skips past Negó and prepares to cross, but Negó gets back to knock it behind for a corner. Grealish feels he was tripped, but England will have to content themselves with a corner, which Hungary again deal with.



Sterling tries to play Kane into space on the right wing, but it takes a touch off a Hungarian boot and is out for a corner.

Foden delivers the corner, but Gulácsi punches it away. England win it right back, though.

Peeeep! We're back up and running at Wembley.

No half-time substitutions for either side.

Poland and Albania level in Tirana

In Group I's other game of qualification significance, it is 0-0 at half time between Albania and Poland. So as things stand, it'll be as you were at the top of the group: England will be four clear of the Albanians in second, with Poland a point further back in third and Hungary four adrift of the Poles.

Stones goal celebration

John Stones celebrates scoring England's equaliser.

(Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)

"Good response by England"


Peep peep peeeep! England have been generally dominant but, thanks to Shaw's recklessness, have had to recover from conceding the cheapest of goals. It's all square at the break.


Grealish's perfect first touch on the left takes him past Negó and into the box, but the Hungarian manages to get back to prod the ball out for a corner, which comes to nought.

Back come England, though, Shaw spinning a looping cross to the back post, where Sterling heads straight at Gulácsi, before sidefooting the rebound wide.


Hungary haven't had a sniff of the ball since England equalised. Just over 62% possession for the hosts, according to the latest Opta stats.


England have their tails up now, and are in search of a quickfire second. Sterling feeds Grealish, who advances into the box before making space for the shot with a neat drop of the shoulder and change of direction. However, he then proceeds to overelaborate instead of pulling the trigger, and is dispossessed.

Moments later, England win a free-kick on the right, in a similar position to the set piece that brought the equaliser. This time, though, Foden crosses straight into Gulácsi's arms.


...and this time the hosts make it count! Stones prods home from close range!

Foden's inswinging ball is headed on at the near post - I think by a Hungarian - before Stones lunges in at the back stick to score from about two yards out. 1-1!


For the third time in a few minutes, England win a free-kick in a crossing position...


Another free-kick for England, this time on the left wing. Shaw releases Mount into space by the byline, and Adam Nagy bundles him over.

Mount it is who bends the free-kick in towards the back post, but Kane can't get there and it's put behind for a corner. Foden's delivery then momentarily causes panic in Gulácsi's goalmouth, but the keeper eventually fists it clear.


Zsolt Nagy goes through the back of Grealish on the right flank, prompting an angry response from the England man. It's a free-kick to the hosts in swing-it-into-the-mixer territory... which Foden slaps straight at the first man. Szoboszlai boots clear.


A reminder that England have won their last 21 major-tournament qualifiers at home - going back to a draw with Ukraine in September 2012 - and haven't lost to Hungary in 59 years.


Now England want a penalty. Shaw's long ball is brought down by Kane in the box, and when the striker falls under Attila Szalai's challenge, there are roars for a spot-kick from the home fans, but Alejandro Hernández Hernández is not interested.


Sallai fires the spot-kick into the net, and Hungary have a surprise lead at Wembley! It's against the run of play, though it's not as if England have been scintillating thus far, either.


Penalty to Hungary! Shaw is penalised for a high foot on Negó, and the visitors have the chance to take the lead!

The left-back tries to clear a bouncing ball just inside the England box with a karate-style volley, and catches Negó. He's booked by Hernández Hernández.


Rice wins it back for England and feeds it wide to Grealish on the left. He drives towards the byline before clipping in a left-footed cross, but it's far too close to goalkeeper Gulácsi.


Shaw, Foden and Mount pop it about on the egde of the Hungarian box, but Mount is well dispossessed by Negó. England quickly win it back, but after again knocking the ball around in front of a wall of red shirts, Mount nods Shaw's cross iback for Foden to shoot, but the Manchester City midfielder can't bring it down, and the visitors clear.


Just as I say England are in total control, Hungary carve out a couple of shooting chances. First, the visitors work it out to the right to Szoboszlai, who bends a wicked ball into the area, towards the penalty spot. Sallai connects with a volley, but can only direct his strike high and wide.

A minute later, Nagy makes a yard of space to shoot from the edge of the box, but it's weakly hit and straight at Stones.


Hungary showed a couple of glimpses of early promise, but England are totally in charge now. Sterling collects the ball and scampers towards the Hungarian penalty box, but his through ball is directed at no-one in particular, and runs out for a goal-kick.


Kane heads the corner wide... but is deemed to have fouled Lang as he connected with the delivery. He looks perplexed at the decision, but a free-kick to Hungary it is.


There's the first moment of real attacking quality from England. Shaw plays a neat one-two with Grealish, whose backheeled return releases the left-back into space to fizz a lovely low cross to the back post. Kane is arriving and looks to be preparing to turn the ball in at the back stick, but Zsolt Nagy does well to put him off. Corner to England.



Mount looks to drive into crossing space on the left, but succeeds only in bundling Negó over, and the referee gives a free-kick to Hungary.

Moments later, England get the decibels rising at Wembley for the first time tonight, when Grealish cuts in from the left and feeds the ball into Kane on the penalty spot. Kane can't do anything with it, though. Kecskes gets a toe to the ball, and manages to bounce it off the striker and out for a goal-kick.


Kane drops deep, picks the ball up and pings a pass to Grealish, who's waiting at the top of the Hungarian penalty area. Kane's ball is just a shade off target, though, and Grealish can't bring it under control.


There are boos from the home fans as Hungary again get their foot on the ball, but Attila Szalai's high ball towards the England box is easily dealt with.


Walker bustles forward on the right wing but is dispossessed by Adam Nagy, who feeds it to Zsolt Nagy to carry the ball into crossing space on the left. He fizzes a low ball into the England box, but Stones is in position to block.

Peeeeep! Spanish referee Alejandro Hernández Hernández gets us underway at Wembley.

Teams out!

The teams are on the field at Wembley and, with the national anthems, the hand shakes and the coin toss done, there'll be a minute's applause for legendary English strikers Jimmy Greaves and Roger Hunt, who both passed away recently. Greaves and Hunt were both members of England's 1966 World Cup-winning squad.

Hungary haven't beaten England in England since famous win in early 50s

When it comes to the two sides' meetings on English soil, Hungary are winless since their memorable 6-3 victory at Wembley in 1953. It was England's first ever home defeat to a non-British or Irish opposition, and went down as a watershed moment in the history of the English national team.

“Over the course of one game – one hour even, given Hungary pretty much eased off in the final third – the complacency and the insularity of the English game were exposed. After 25 November 1953, none of the old certainties were certain any more,” Jonathan Wilson wrote in the Guardian on the 60th anniversary of that match.

You can read Wilson's piece in full here.

Nearly 60 years since Hungary last beat England

Hungary haven’t beaten England since a 2-1 group-stage win at the 1962 World Cup, at a time when the Three Lions were still playing under the tutelage of Walter Winterbottom, their first ever full-time manager. Since then, England have won 12 out of 14 against the Hungarians.

Indeed, such has been England's superiority in meetings between the two sides since that World Cup game 59 years ago that, as football-stats specialists Opta note, they have only been behind to Hungary for a total of seven minutes.

England vs Hungary: times, TV and how to watch online


England vs Hungary: times, TV and how to watch online

Incidentally, should you be wondering how you can tune into England vs Hungary on the telly or stream it online, you may wish to have a shufties at our guide on how and where to watch the game.

Increased police presence at Wembley

The Metropolitan police has upped its presence at tonight’s game at Wembley, motivated both by the chaotic scenes at July’s Euro 2020 final - when large numbers of ticketless fans stormed the barriers outside of the stadium - and the racist abuse directed at black England players in the Three Lions' 4-0 win over Hungary in Budapest last month.

Hungary were fined 200,000 Swiss francs and ordered to play their home defeat to Albania behind closed doors after Raheem Sterling and Jude Bellingham were targeted by Hungarian fans in the Puskás Arena.

Goup I table

How things stand in Group I

After beating Andorra 5-0 at the weekend, leaders England now need two wins from their final three group games to be sure of a place at next year’s World Cup. After facing Hungary this evening, Gareth Southgate’s men host Albania and visit San Marino in November.

For Hungary, the path to Qatar appears rather less straightforward. Marco Rossi’s men may have impressed at Euro 2020, getting draws against both France and Germany, but their form in World Cup qualifying has been poor since this summer’s tournament.

They’ve lost three out of four in Group I in September and October, with Saturday’s 1-0 home defeat to Albania leaving them five points adrift of the Albanians in the play-off spot.

If, as seems likely, Hungary miss out on second, they could sneak into the play-offs courtesy of the fact that they won their 2020/21 Nations League group. There are two play-off berths available to the two best Nations League group winners that do not finish in the top two in their qualifying section, but, as things stand, those two teams are Wales and Austria.

They were ranked 17th and 18th in the Nations League, respectively, while Hungary came 19th. The Czech Republic, who came 18th, are currently in the top two of their qualifying group.

(Image: UEFA.com)

Southgate rings the changes; Lang, Kesckés and Schón in for Hungary

As expected, England boss Gareth Southgate names a very different team to the second-string side that beat Andorra. In all, there are nine changes, with only John Stones and Phil Foden keeping their places.

For Hungary, there are three changes to the team that lost to Albania, as Ádám Lang and Ákos Kesckés come into the defence, and Szabolcs Schön is brought into the attack.

Hungary team news

Starting line-up: Gulácsi, Lang, Kecskés, Attila Szalai, Negó, A Nagy, Schäfer, Z Nagy, Sallai, Szoboszlai, Schön

England team news

Starting line-up: Pickford, Walker, Stones, Mings, Shaw, Mount, Rice, Foden, Sterling, Kane, Grealish

England vs Hungary: welcome!

Hello! Welcome to our live coverage of today’s World Cup qualifier between England and Hungary, which gets underway at Wembley Stadium at 7:45pm local time/2:45pm ET.

After dishing out the most professional of wallopings to minnows Andorra on Saturday, England can take another big step towards Qatar 2022 if they beat a Hungarian side who are, to say the least, struggling in their attempts to reach their first World Cup since 1986.   

The team news is in, so let’s take a look at the line-ups.