Gareth Southgate speaks to New England rights holder Channel 4. After suffering some forced, painful banter regarding his famous bodice at Russia 2018 and several subsequent fashion choices – including two Questions about the navy suit today, both of them faced slightly confused pregnancy layoffs – at the end the patient and very polite England coach will be talking about the match itself: “We’re looking forward to the match. It’s a completely different kind of atmosphere, it was so great to have all the school kids in it.” Both of the previous ones The League of Nations The events – one very successful, one not so successful – both times we learned a lot from the matches. You have to test yourself against the best teams. These following four games in particular, have very different tactical tests and challenges. We need to know a player or players. We tried to choose a team with some players who are motivated to prove something, but also some experience around them so that they can give their best.”
Hungary may have some glorious history against it England …but they have nothing to brag about since their 2-1 victory in the 1962 World Cup in Chile. The two countries have played each other 15 times since then, with England winning on 12 occasions and the other three matches ending in a draw. If the Three Lions roar again tonight, Gareth Southgate will become the first England coach to win back-to-back matches in Hungary. Walter Winterbottom’s head would be spinning on the same idea. Here’s how this match unfolded the last time it was played…
…and here’s what happened the last time the two met.
You will hear that there is a little bit of ticket noise. The Hungarian federation has exploited some loopholes in UEFA regulations, with 36,000 fans calling for a match to be played in name behind closed doors as punishment for discriminatory behaviour. Nick Ames details…
…although the attendees’ posts are nothing new when it comes to this match. Back in 1954, more than 800,000 applications for tickets were submitted, with a capacity of Népstadion just 80,000. The Manchester Guardian captures the story:
Some factories, mines, and construction sites with good productivity results were allocated a few paid tickets to be withdrawn for manual workers. When these thinkers were left in the cold, one of them wrote to the Minister of Sports:
While I heartily agree to concede to Stakhanovitz, I suggest giving some encouragement to mental workers interested in football. Although I am unable to establish that the game is my passion, I herewith display remarkable brain activity.
The crowd for the big matches in Budapest’s flagship stadium is 80,000. This news has gone unheeded for years. If I direct that, in the next match between Hungary and England, the number of fans should be 80,001, the news will be spread all over the world, which will lead to excellent publicity for our country. I need not say that I will willingly be 8,001 spectators, and that I am entirely at your disposal to collect the ticket.
It was later reported that the attendance was 92,000. The Guardian did not record whether this candidate with the upper hand was one of an additional 12,000 people.
Jarrod Bowen and James Justin do their thing England Debuting in a team that featured eight changes from the friendly win over Ivory Coast in March. Harry Kane and Mason Mount are back, Jordan Pickford pulls the gloves off again, and Trent Alexander-Arnold, Kyle Walker and Conor Coady go into defence. Declan Rice and Judd Bellingham retained their positions in midfield, as well as Harry Maguire in defence.
On November 25, 1953 Ferenc Puskas, Sandor Kochis, Nandor Hidekoti, Zoltan Chibor, Josef Bozek, Gyula Groseks and others arrived at Wembley, where they set out to put English football in its place. You would have thought that the 6-3 humiliation of Walter Winterbottom’s team would have led to a period of reflection, regrouping, reorganization…but no. England They laid the blows on a bad day at the office, and few lessons were learned. They went to Népstadion, six months later, to play the second leg on 23 May 1954 with much the same tactical plan. Here’s how it turned out, then, in the words of the pre-MBM Manchester Guardian.
Goal! Hungary 1-0 England (Lantos 8): “Lantos took a free kick ten yards outside the penalty area and with a shot that had to be seen to be believed, he put the ball high into the corner of the net. It crashed like a bullet.”
Goal! Hungary 2-0 England (Puskas 22): “Constant pressure from the faster and more dangerous Hungarians led to the second goal when Puskas netted after bouncing the ball off a defender. At this point, the local players were now doing almost as they liked.”
Goal! Hungary 3-0 England (Coxis 31): “After several dangerous moves on both sides, Hungary moved up to third when Coxes scored from close range. The English defense was a six and seven against accurate passes and a beautiful positioning provided by the Hungarians.”
Goal! Hungary 4-0 England (Kossis 56): Then came a fantastic period during which Hungary scored three goals in four minutes. The man who did all the damage was Zibor, the trickster and quick from the outside to the left, although he didn’t get one of them. First of all Czibor made a great pass to Kocsis and scored inside Right after a great turn on the left…”
Goal! Hungary 5-0 England (Toth 60): “…Then he put Kizipur Toth in fifth place…”
Goal! Hungary 6-0 England (Hidekote 62): “…Finally Hidegkuti sent a superb shot right into the post from a perfect pass by Czibor from his outside left.”
Goal! Hungary 6-1 England (Prodes 69): “England did not give up the fight and Prodis got a beautiful goal from the edge of the area with a powerful shot from far from the goalkeeper.”
Goal! Hungary 7-1 England (Puskas 73): “The Hungarian captain ran in the middle of the field and fired past Merrick after blocking the rest of the English defence.”
Time ends: Hungary 7-1 England. Oh Walter! The result is England’s biggest defeat ever, though: the Golden Hungarian team somehow conspired to lose the World Cup final that year; England went on to win the World Cup twelve years later; The English are the strong favorites to win all three points from Budapest tonight. But some spots never go away, and good luck avoiding talking about 1954 when this game will be played for the next few centuries. It’s just the way things should be. Departure in Puskás Aréna Park at 5 PM GMT. It’s up!