England aiming to make it 16 games unbeaten against Hungary

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2022/23 UEFA Nations League

League A - Group 3
Matchday 1

Hungary v England

Puskas Arena
Budapest, Hungary
Saturday, 4 June 2022
Kick-off is at 17h00   

England will be looking to extend their long unbeaten streak against Hungary on matchday 1 in the UEFA Nations League at the Puskas Arena on Saturday, June 4.
The Three Lions have gone 15 games undefeated since losing 2-1 to the Magyars in the 1962 World Cup during the Ferenc Puskas era.
The two countries met as recently as last year after they were also drawn in the same group for the 2022 World Cup qualifiers, with Gareth Southgate's side winning 4-0 in the way leg before sharing the spoils in a 1-1 draw at Wembley.
England finished top of Group I to book their ticket to Qatar and they warmed up for this competition with wins against Switzerland (2-1) and Ivory Coast (3-0) during the previous international break.

Gareth Southgate
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Southgate sees their next six encounters as the ideal preparation for the World Cup finals at the end of the year and admits it gives him an opportunity to blood some younger players.
"We're only six matches away from a World Cup and we also want to be successful in the Nations League," he said.
"We've found it a really good competition to play in, with a high level of games, and we've learned a lot from it but there's also a chance to see some players we want to see more of."
The Hungarians earned promotion to League A after winning their group in League B two years ago.
Marco Rossi's team failed to win any of their three group games at Euro 2020, although they held France and Germany to impressive 1-1 and 2-2 draws respectively.
They went unbeaten in their last three outings of the World Cup qualifying campaign and recorded a surprise 1-0 win over Northern Ireland last time out after losing to Serbia by the same scoreline five days earlier during March's international break.
Rossi acknowledges Hungary couldn't have asked for a more challenging group after also being paired with Italy and Germany, but he's relishing the prospect of causing an upset or three.
"You can say that we got the strongest team from each pot. The European champions, the European silver medallists and Germany," the Italian said.
"It is a terribly difficult group in which we are again the weakest, as has happened to us many times recently. We didn't give up then either, and we'll do the same now."

Head-to-Head record:

Matches - 24
Hungary - 5
England - 16
Draws - 3

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Published: 06/02/2022