4-3-3 starting eleven and latest squad news with Kane and Grealish recalled
Gareth Southgate has named a more familiar starting lineup for Hungary’s visit to Wembley with a number of key players returning to the side.
The England boss used Andorra’s beating on Saturday as an opportunity to experiment but is taking no chances against a side that impressed at Euro 2020, otherwise in the defeat to the Three Lions in Budapest there is at six weeks. A victory for England would secure at least a place for the World Cup play-offs with two games to go.
Captain Harry Kane returns to lead the line, with Jordan Pickford, Declan Rice and Raheem Sterling also recalled. Jack Grealish also starts after coming off the bench to score his first international goal in the 5-0 win over Andorra.
Speaking on Monday, Southgate suggested that no matter who gets the green light, his decisions will be scrutinized by some, joking that he “commits a crime” whenever his team selection is announced.
“We want the team to feel involved,” Southgate said. “It is important that they know their value and can contribute to it; it was not friendly [against Andorra], there were qualifying points at stake and I was very satisfied with the quality of the service and the application.
“I have a headache and I commit a crime every time I pick a team. We have such strong competition for places; there were a lot of players who made their own trust and reputation in the good world the other day and it’s nice to see.
“We can’t be a team that has a day off. We want to keep consistency, and we’ve had it throughout this calendar year. Everyone is proud to put on the shirt.
How to watch England vs Hungary
- Dated: Tuesday 12 October
- To start up: 7:45 p.m. BST
- Place: Wembley Stadium, London
- TV: Live on ITV, coverage begins at 7.15 p.m.
- Flux: ITV Hub
Tammy Abraham made a good impression in Rome following her summer transfer from Chelsea and seized her chance against Andorra by scoring her second senior international goal. However, he will leave his place to Kane despite the Tottenham striker’s lack of goals at club level.
Despite appearing in six of Tottenham’s seven Premier League appearances this season, Kane has yet to score or provide an assist, despite having been prolific in cup competitions, scoring six times.
Mason Mount also returns after recovering from a minor blow. The Chelsea playmaker has become a key player for club and country over the past two seasons and is one of four England players nominated for this year’s Ballon d’Or.
“Seeing that and seeing the names, being next to those names, is obviously a dream,” he said. “In all the years that you work hard, dedicate… it shows it all pays off and this is just the start, it doesn’t stop now.”
Southgate expects goals to flow for Kane
By Kevin Garside, Ichief sports correspondent of
Harry Kane is back in a loving embrace, which for Gareth Southgate means guaranteed goals. Whatever the fallout for Spurs who saw him go scoreless in the Premier League after his botched transfer to Manchester City, there are no concerns about his power with England ahead of the Cup qualifying game. world against Hungary at Wembley.
The three goals Kane has scored for England this term have extended his streak of goals to a remarkable 15 consecutive qualifying games in the past four years. His scoreless streak in the league is, according to Southgate, an anomaly explained by his late return to the squad, a change of leadership and the level of opposition in the Premier League. When he left a rung with England in that campaign and with Spurs in the Europa League, the goals came.
“He scored three for us in September. I haven’t noticed any change in his approach with us and he scored a hat-trick last week in a European game within 25 minutes, ”said Southgate. “There have been a lot of changes at the club, a new manager in different tactical formations. There will be an adaptation to that, but from our perspective he hit the ground running, scored a fabulous goal in Warsaw and clinically took his other two.
“What happens with his club is none of my business. We obviously have a well-established way of playing. He knows his teammates, the patterns of play. I think he feels good in our environment. He knows we have faith, but we strive to improve. Of course, as a captain he knows he has to set the standard every day in training sessions as well. I cannot fault his application and his dedication. He really wants to go well with us.
After being absent from Andorra’s 5-0 crash, Kane returns to captain the squad in a game that could see England confirmed as group winners if the results materialize. England’s appearance in the European Championship final combined with the 2018 World Cup semi-final is proof of England’s improvement. However, it was not enough. As Southgate has observed watching France, Spain, Italy and Belgium serve a feast of attacking football in the European League of Nations, England must continue to evolve in order to take the ultimate step in Qatar l ‘next year.