England’s journey to the 2022 World Cup hit an unforeseen snag when they were held to a draw by Hungary in a qualifier that Gareth Southgate described as a “huge disappointment.”
Crowd violence between Hungary fans, stewards, and police disrupted the game.
Southgate’s team is still in pole position to qualify for Qatar, but despite facing the Hungarians with an offensive line-up, they put up a fragmented performance.
The early stages of the match at Wembley were marred by nasty events involving Hungary fans who jeered England’s players while hoisting a banner protesting against taking the knee before battling with police and officials.
Hungary took the lead in the 24th minute after Luke Shaw was penalized for a high challenge on Loic Nego, and Roland Sallai sent Jordan Pickford the wrong way from the spot.
Before half-time, England had equalized, with John Stones converting at the far post after Tyrone Mings and Declan Rice had touched on Phil Foden’s free-kick.
Hungary then survived in relative comfort, Harry Kane’s struggles for form summed up when England’s captain was substituted even though they were searching desperately for a winner.
Source: BBC Sport