England was forced to settle for a 1-1 draw in one of the surprising football scores of World Cup qualifying. The results mean that they will be forced to wait to secure automatic qualification for the 2022 World Cup in Qatar. The hosts had comfortably beaten Hungary in the corresponding fixture but struggled to replicate that performance of a few weeks back. A high boot from Luke Shaw gave the visitors a chance to take the lead from the penalty spot. The hosts drew level not long after John Stones sneaked in at the back post. They dominated the second half but could not find the winner with Harry Kane and Raheem Sterling missing golden opportunities.
England: Pickford (6), Walker (6), Stones (8), Mings (6), Shaw (5), Rice (6), Foden (6), Mount (5), Grealish (7), Sterling (5), Kane (5).
Subs: Saka (6), Henderson (6), Abraham (6), Watkins (N/A)
Man of the match: John Stones
England boss Gareth Southgate: “I think we have to accept that we dipped below our usual levels. That was surprising, but it was a night where individually and collectively, we didn’t hit the heights we have been at. We didn’t quite do enough to win the game.” he added. “We didn’t create as much as we would have hoped, but we have to give Hungary credit to that. We lost a little bit of positional disciple at times so there’s a lot for us to reflect on and work on.”
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