Hungary inflicts heavy defeat on England at Molineux

The England senior men’s side returned to Wolverhampton for the second time in just four days on Tuesday night as the Three Lions suffered a 4-0 loss to Hungary in front of a sold-out Molineux crowd.

Wolves captain Conor Coady was once again an unused substitute for his country at his club's home stadium as Molineux hosted its first England fixture in front of a packed audience in several decades, after the weekend clash with Italy was played behind closed doors.

With Coady not in the defence, England struggled to contain the hard-working counter-attack of the Hungarians, who scored four without reply as the hosts ended the contest with 10-men after John Stones’ late red card.

The result – England’s heaviest home defeat in almost a century – leaves Gareth Southgate’s men bottom of their UEFA Nations League group and on the brink of relegation into League B, with crucial matches against Germany and Italy coming up in September.

Leander Dendoncker was another Wolves man who was in action for his country during midweek, as he looked to make it another goal against Poland following his debut international strike a week ago.

The midfielder began the contest in Warsaw on the right of a back three for Belgium, and once again contested the entire 90 minutes for his country as he helped the Red Devils to a clean sheet in their 1-0 win. The result leaves Belgium in second place in League A Group 4 – three points behind leaders Netherlands.

Forwards Hee Chan Hwang and Raul Jimenez were not present in the South Korea and Mexico squads respectively with Hwang’s mandatory three-week military service meaning he missed his country’s 4-1 friendly win over Egypt, while El Tri rested many of their senior players, including Jimenez, in the 1-1 CONCACAF Nations League draw with Jamaica.

One Wolves forward who did see time on the pitch during midweek was Morgan Gibbs-White, who played the whole 90 minutes on the right of the front three for England under-21s as they suffered a first U21 Euros qualifier defeat since 2011 in a 2-1 loss at home to Slovenia.

The full set of weekend results is a follows:

  • Coady | England 0-4 Hungary
  • Dendoncker | Poland 0-1 Belgium
  • Gibbs-White | England U21 1-2 Slovenia U21