England will look to get off the mark when they take on Hungary at the Molineux Stadium in their next UEFA Nations League Group A3 on Tuesday evening.
The Three Lions are yet to claim their first win in the group after they played out to a goalless draw against Italy in their previous group stage match played at the Molineux Stadium on Saturday evening.
Hungary, meanwhile, are looking to end their two-match winless run in the group after their impressive 1-1 draw against Germany at the Puskás Aréna when Jonas Hofmann cancelled out Zsolt Nagy’s sixth-minute opener on Saturday night.
England will head into this encounter sitting occupying last place in the Group A3 standings with only two points from three games, while Hungary are placed second on the table with four points, trailing leader Italy by one point.
England manager Gareth Southgate knows his team need to be better.
“There’s been a little bit of a lack of sharpness in all three games. Obviously, we want to score more goals. We’re still too reliant on Harry [Kane], and probably Raheem [Sterling] too – they score the majority of our goals. That’s something we’re obviously looking to work on.”
Hungary coach Marco Rossi adds: “The most important thing is that no one can be sure of getting points against us and they have to show our team respect. We’ve shown that we can run, fight, and give our heart and soul. This is what I like best about the team: that they never give up. They always fight.”
England has the upper hand in head-to-head stats between the two teams as they have won three out of the last five matches, while one game has ended in a draw, with Hungary winning the most recent fixture against the Three Lions in their Nations League opening fixture.
Southgate could rope midfielder Kalvin Phillips back into the starting lineup after coming on as a second-half substitute against Italy after recovering from a dead leg, while Phil Foden will be out of contention as he continues to recover from COVID-19.
Hungary will need to replace goalkeeper Peter Gulacsi after he picked up his second booking of the tournament, while he could be boosted by the return of Andras Schafer, who returns after serving a match suspension.
Players To Watch:
Raheem Sterling: The Manchester City forward will be relishing the chance to get his name on the score sheet as he is yet to open his account in the tournament, but he has managed to be on the winning side each time he scored for the Three Lions.
Dominik Szoboszlai: The RB Leipzig winger will look to end his two-game goal drought in the competition after scoring the winning goal in his side’s narrow victory over England in the group stage opener.