Published 01 September 2021 4 min read
England Men's Senior Team
Opta facts: Hungary v England
Read up on some match facts from England's previous encounters with Hungary ahead of the game in Budapest
● England are unbeaten in their last 13 matches against Hungary (W11 D2) since losing four games in a row against the Hungarians between 1953 and 1962 by an aggregate score of 17-5.
● Hungary and England haven’t met since August 2010 in a friendly, when the Three Lions won 2-1 with Steven Gerrard (pictured above) scoring a brace after Phil Jagielka gave Hungary the lead with an own goal.
● In World Cup qualifying, England and Hungary faced each other ahead of the 1982 World Cup – England won both games: 3-1 in Budapest with goals from Trevor Brooking (2) and Kevin Keegan and 1-0 at Wembley with Paul Mariner netting the winner.
● Hungary have won their last two World Cup qualifying matches, beating San Marino and Andorra. They haven’t won three in a row since April 2009, when they won four in a row.
● England have only lost one of their last 50 matches in qualifying for the EUROs/World Cup (W40 D9), last losing to Czech Republic in October 2019. The Three Lions haven’t lost any of their last 24 World Cup qualifiers (W18 D6) since a 1-0 away defeat to Ukraine in October 2009.
● England striker Harry Kane has been involved in 30 goals in 21 appearances in World Cup/EUROs qualifying matches (22 goals, eight assists), scoring in each of his last 12 such matches. Only Wayne Rooney has scored more goals for the Three Lions in qualifiers (30 goals).
● Hungary’s Adam Szalai has been directly involved in eight goals in his last eight starts in World Cup qualifying (seven goals, one assist).
● England full-back Luke Shaw has been directly involved in seven goals in his last ten starts for the Three Lions (one goal, six assists). His goal in the EURO 2020 final against Italy was the 247th goal scored for England by players representing Manchester United, three more than any other team (Spurs, 244).
● This could be John Stones’ 50th cap for the England national team – five of the previous ten players to win 50 caps have done so while a Manchester City player: Gareth Barry (November 2011), James Milner (September 2014), Joe Hart (March 2015), Raheem Sterling (June 2019) and Kyle Walker (October 2020). Before this, none of the previous 52 players to hit 50 caps had done so representing Manchester City.