England’s performance against Hungary was “disappointing,” according to Gareth Southgate, who claims his team committed numerous minor errors during the 0-0 draw at Wembley.
After the highs of 2021 thus far, it was a lackluster performance from an England XI that would not be far off Southgate’s best.
Hungary took an unexpected lead after Luke Shaw was adjudged to have caught Loic Nego with a high boot, resulting in a penalty for the visitors. Roland Sallai scored a good goal, but John Stones equalized soon after.
Despite having a wealth of attacking talent, England was unable to produce the winning goal against their well-drilled opponents, in stark contrast to their 4-0 success in Budapest last month.
Southgate said: “It was a disappointing performance. Full credit to Hungary, I thought they caused us a tactical problem. We weren’t fluid and I didn’t think we played at the level we needed to play.
“It’s difficult to pinpoint. We’ll go away and think of the balance of the team a little bit, but individually, we can do better as well and we made lots of simple mistakes with the ball.
“I think we have to accept that we dipped below our usual levels. That was a surprise, but it was a night where individually and collectively, we didn’t hit the heights we have been… we didn’t quite do enough to win the game.
source : skysport