England, leader of group I of the European qualification phase for the Qatar World Cup 2022, wants to give this Tuesday at Wembley against Hungary which would already be a huge step towards the final phase. This Monday, before the media, Gareth Southgate, coach of the ‘pross’, he made a ‘confession’: «Every time I choose a starting eleven it’s a headache and I commit a crime.» He was referring to the great equality in his squad and having to discard great players.
Southgate insisted that “there is great competition in all positions and I was satisfied with the quality shown by the team. in the match against Andorra, that it was not friendly, but there were points at stake in the fight to go to the World Cup ”.
England, first in Group I with 19 points from 7 games, host Hungary tonight, 4th with 10. Albania is 2nd, with 15, 4 behind the Three Lions team. Those from Southgate, with a vast majority of substitutes, beat Andorra 5-0 on Saturday, with goals from Ben Chilwell, Bukayo Saka, Tammy Abraham, James Ward-Prowse and Jack Grealish. It was the first goal for the England team by Chilwell and Grealish.
Looking ahead to this Tuesday at Wembley, it is assumed that the headlines will return to the Magyars, with the captain, Harry Kane, at the helm. Albania, meanwhile, awaits Robert Lewandowski’s Poland (3rd, with 14), in a key duel for the play-off, while Andorra hosts San Marino.
Wembley, 20.45 (UEFA.tv)
England: Pickford; Walker, Stones, Mings, Shaw; Henderson, Rice, Mount; Sterling, Kane and Grealish
Coach: Gareth Southgate
Hungary: Gulacsi; Szalai, Orban, Lang; Nego, Schäfer, Kleinheisler, Nagy; Szoboszlai, Sallai and Schön
Coach: Marco Rossi
Referee: Alejandro Hernández Hernández (Spain)