England remain bottom and winless in the Nations League after a miserable 4-0 home defeat to Hungary at Molineux.
A goal in each half from Roland Sallai was enough to put Hungary on course for their first victory in this fixture on English soil since the historic 6-3 win at Wembley in 1953. Zsolt Nagy and Daniel Gazdag confirmed it to spark angry boos from the crowd.
The ignominy was underlined when John Stones was red carded late on – but by that stage defeat was already inevitable. It is a result that might not resonate down the ages quite as strongly as that 1953 defeat but it still spells huge problems for Gareth Southgate.
His team looked disjointed throughout and now face the possibility of relegation from the top tier of the Nations League. More worryingly, their form has deserted them in a World Cup year. These four fixtures have yielded no wins and just the one goal – a penalty.
But this was not just a failure in front of goal but a historic collapse – the worst home defeat that England have suffered in 94 years.
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After the culmination of this month’s Nations League camp, England will next convene in September ahead of the two remaining group stage matches.
The Three Lions face Italy at the San Siro on September 23 before hosting Germany three days later at Wembley.
Southgate will submit a long list of players to FIFA on Friday October 21, but the England manager is expected to announce his final World Cup 23-man squad on either November 9-10. The FIFA deadline is Monday November 14.
England will depart for Qatar on Tuesday November 15 before they face Iran in their opening World Cup group game on November 21 at the Khalifa International Stadium, Doha.