Wednesday, February 21

Hungary vs England LIVE: Nations League updates – Jarrod Bowen and James Justin make their debuts

Southgate and Kane hopeful of no repeat of racist abuse of players in Hungary

England begin their Uefa Nations League campaign today as they take on Hungary in Group A3. Germany and Italy are the other teams in England’s group so Gareth Southgate will want to kick off the Three Lions’ run with a positive result this evening.

The game was originally supposed to be played behind closed doors but the Hungarian FA have allowed 30,000 schoolchildren in to witness the clash after the hosts exploited a loophole against their punishment for racist behaviour. England beat Hungary in their World Cup qualifier on the road but drew at Wembley in their most recent encounter.

Southgate could potentially hand debuts to James Justin and Jarrod Bowen as four Nations League games will be played in quick succession, meaning changes to line-ups and personnel are expected to be commonplace over the next two weeks. The England manager’s main priority will be to utilize these matches to finalize who will be in his squad for this year’s World Cup, making performances more valuable than results in some cases as players stake their individual cases for inclusion. He’ll also be hoping England can keep up their recent record of challenging for honors in whichever competition they are taking part in.

Follow all the action as Hungary host England in the Nations League:


Hungary 0-0 England

5 mins: There’s an early sighter at goal for Harry Kane after he’s played down the line by Jude Bellingham. He brings the ball into the left side of the arena, cuts inside of Willi Orban then curls his effort wide of the far post.

Michael Jones4 June 2022 17:07


Hungary 0-0 England

3 mins: Conor Coady feeds the ball down the inside right channel and finds Harry Kane who attempts to flick it over the top of the defense to play in Jarrod Bowen on the right wing. Instead Attila Szalai shuffles across and wins the ball in the air nodding it out of play.

At the other end of the pitch England give the ball away and it’s collected by Roland Sallai. He drives towards the box and shoots forcing a low save out of Jordan Pickford that he fumbles but manages to recover.

Michael Jones4 June 2022 17:06


Kickoff: Hungary 0-0 England

England’s countdown to Qatar begins in Budapest tonight as they take on Hungary in the Nations League. England take the knee and are disappointingly booed by the schoolkids.

Hungary then get the match started.

Michael Jones4 June 2022 17:03


Hungary vs. England

Here come the teams. The noise is loud inside the Puskas Arena. Kids under 14-years of age are using vuvuzelas to make themselves heard and it’s working.

Michael Jones4 June 2022 16:56


Michael Jones4 June 2022 16:54


Bowen’s domestic record

Jarrod Bowen is set to make his England debut against Hungary having become just the second player to register at least 10 goals and 10 assists in a Premier League season for West Ham (12 goals, 10 assists), after Paolo Di Canio in 1999-00 (16 goals, 13 assists).

(AFP via Getty Images)

Michael Jones4 June 2022 16:51


Hungary vs. England

England have named at least two West Ham players in their starting XI (Declan Rice & Jarrod Bowen vs Hungary today) for the first time since March 2010 vs Egypt (Matthew Upson & Robert Green).

Michael Jones4 June 2022 16:48


England warming up

The warm-ups are done and dusted for England. The last time they played here they were met with a barrage of abuse both verbal and physical but rose above it to win the game 4-0.

Can they do so again tonight?

(Getty Images)


Michael Jones4 June 2022 16:45


Pre-match thoughts from the boss

England boss Gareth Southgate, spoke to Channel 4 to give his thoughts before kicking off saying: “It’s a very different type of atmosphere. These games can be so beneficial.

“You have got to test yourself against the best teams and we have three different types of tests coming up over the next two weeks.”

Michael Jones4 June 2022 16:40


behind closed doors

In June 2021 Uefa ordered Hungary to play three games without fans and fined them £85,000 as a result of racist behavior by their supporters during Euro 2020.

The Hungarian FA have found a loophole in the ruling which allows children to attend these games with an adult. That means around 30,000 school kids are expected in the stadium for tonight’s game.

Most have got horns and instruments to create an atmosphere so the match won’t feel like a closed-doors game.

Michael Jones4 June 2022 16:35

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