England locked horns with Hungary on Thursday evening at the Puskas Arena Stadium, in Budapest Hungary. Hungary facing a two-match ban from the UEFA for the inhumane behaviour of their fans at Euro 2020, they were allowed a 60 000 full house inside the Puskas.
The opening half of the game ended into a goalless draw as both teams created no chances but England came into the second half like a house on fire, as Raheem Sterling opened the deadlock on the 55th minute. After the goal, Sterling revealed a T-shirt which was written “Love you Gregg forever” in reference to his childhood friend from Jamaica who recently passed away due to COVID-19 aged 26. Hungary’s fans threw plastic cups on the pitch, booed and showed monkey chants aimed at Sterling.
England didn’t let the abuse get the better of them as they responded to the crowd by ruthlessly punishing Hungary. On the 63rd minute Harry Kane extended England’s lead with Harry Maguire making it to the score sheets too by scoring on the 69th minute, making the score 3-0.
Declan Rice finished off what Sterling started, by extending England’s lead on the 87th minute.
Jude Bellingham was also a victim of Hungary’s fans as he was booed while warming up on the sidelines but the 18 year old responded by laughing and smiling at the crowd. The match ended into a 4-0 win for England and this win puts them on position 1 of Group I with 12 points .
Gareth Southgate commented on the racism matter his players faced by saying “The world is modernizing and although some people are stuck in their ways of thinking and their prejudices, they’re going to be the dinosaurs in the end because the world is changing.’’