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England move down in the Nations League – Hungary continues to surprise – VG

England move down in the Nations League – Hungary continues to surprise – VG
England move down in the Nations League – Hungary continues to surprise – VG
NEW SLAM: Harry Kane was in a clash with an Italian defender in the 2nd half and had to take a count. He continued the match without helping England. Photo: Mark Pain / Pa Photos

(Italy – England 1-0, Germany – Hungary 0-1) Harry Kane suffered a severe blow, and with two months to go until the World Cup, his national team also looks groggy: They don’t win games, they don’t score goals – and are relegated from the League of Nations.

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The 0-1 loss to Italy in a slow-motion replay of last summer’s European Championship final means Gareth Southgate’s men disappear from the top flight of the Nations League. When the next edition of UEFA’s national team tournament resumes in the autumn of 2024, England will be in the B division, while Norway may be promoted to A.

TV 2 commentator Morten Langli reports the following live about England’s game on Friday evening:

– Shockingly weak. I am almost at a loss for words, Langli describes.

– Of course disappointing. All tournaments we play, we want to win. In the Nations League we have been below our standard, but I don’t think it was that bad tonight, says midfielder Declan Rice in an interview with Channel 4, reproduced by the BBC.

England had most of the ball and unleashed four shots on target to Italy’s three in a rather lackluster San Siro performance. The decision was decided when a signature pass from old and still good Leonardo Bonucci opened up the deadlocked match. The 35-year-old from Juventus played the ball over three English press joints and was lovingly received by Napoli player Giacomo Raspadori at the opposite end.

He needed a couple more touches to get into shooting position, but England defender Kyle Walker never managed to get up to the body of the Italy striker. He was thus able to set up the cannon from 16 meters and hammer home the only goal of the match behind Nick Pope after 68 minutes.

England never managed to respond. Team captain Harry Kane went closest, but Italy’s goalkeeping giant Gianluigi Donnarumma took care of both attempts by England’s top scorer. Jude Bellingham also tried his hand in overtime. But his header across goal was further proof that skills in front of goal have been England’s Achilles’ heel in 2022:

Not since Raheem Sterling slotted home his side’s second in the 3-0 win against Ivory Coast just before the break back in March have Gareth Southgate’s men managed to score in open play. It is now 450 minutes ago.

One corner goal (Tyrone Mings) and one penalty (Kane) are all England have delivered in opposition goals since. And after the triumph against the Ivory Coast, the lions have played five international matches and only scored in one of them.

While England thus falls out of the Nations League’s top level, even before the last match in the pool has been played, Hungary continues to create sensations. They extended their lead at the top of the group table by beating Germany 1-0 after a superb back-heel from Adam Szalai on Friday night.

The article is in Norwegian

Tags: England move Nations League Hungary continues surprise

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