To our live coverage of England vs Hungary in World Cup qualifying Group I.
Gareth Southgate’s side have 19 points from seven games so far, and a much-changed England team cruised past minnows Andorra 5-0 on Saturday night.
In the previous encounter between these two sides, England triumphed 4-0 in a match marred by Hungarian fans’ racist behaviour inside the Puskas Arena. The disgraceful abuse – including monkey chants aimed at Raheem Sterling and Jude Bellingham – saw Hungary subsequently hit with a stadium ban and £158,000 by Fifa.
Turning back to on-field matters, and Southgate is expected to select a much stronger lineup than the XI he picked against Andorra – with Harry Kane starting up front.
Our chief football correspondent Jason Burt believes Kane currently appears much happier with England than with his club Tottenham. And the England manager appeared to agree in his pre-match press conference, saying: “In terms of what we ask him to do, I think we’ve obviously got a settled way of playing here.
“His team-mates know him, he knows his team-mates, he knows the patterns of play that we play towards.
“I can’t talk about the club but I think he feels settled in our environment. It’s an environment where he knows we have belief, but we have to push him. We want improvement from the team all the time.”
Southgate, meanwhile, is planning to speak to the FA about his contract in the next few weeks after England secure World Cup qualification.
Southgate guided England to the 2018 World Cup semi-finals in Russia before securing a third-placed finish in the inaugural 2019 Uefa Nations League. The team were runners-up to Italy in the European Championship earlier this year.
The 51-year-old is under contract until after the 2022 World Cup but FA chief executive Mark Bullingham said in June they were keen to extend the deal.
“I said last month I had asked to put that (contract talks) further back into the autumn as I just wanted to focus on these games and also to give the time to make the right decision,” Southgate said.
“After the Euros there’s a huge amount of emotion and feeling and fatigue from going through a tournament like that. I want to make sure that I’m making the right decisions for the right reasons.
“Discussions are very much open and Mark has been really supportive but I’ve felt this task of getting the country to the World Cup was the priority. We can look at everything in the next few weeks.”