John Stones’ last 11 games have all been for England
England’s path to the 2022 World Cup hit an unexpected stumbling block when they were held to a draw by Hungary in a qualifier marred by crowd violence at Wembley.
Gareth Southgate’s side are still in pole position to reach Qatar but this was a disjointed display despite England taking on the Hungarians with an attacking line-up.
The early stages at Wembley were overshadowed by ugly scenes involving Hungary fans, who jeered England’s players while holding up a banner protesting against taking the knee before clashing with police and stewards.
In a subdued atmosphere and after a semblance of order had been restored, Hungary took the lead in the 24th minute when Luke Shaw was penalised for a high challenge on Loic Nego and Roland Sallai sent Jordan Pickford the wrong way from the spot.
England were level before half-time, John Stones turning in at the far post after Tyrone Mings and Declan Rice touched on Phil Foden’s free-kick.
Hungary then survived in relative comfort, Harry Kane’s struggles for form summed up when England’s captain was substituted even though they were searching desperately for a winner.
Kane’s search for form goes on
The notion of Kane being taken off as they pressed for a winning goal might have been unthinkable at one point but he could have no complaints here when he was replaced by Tammy Abraham with 14 minutes left.
It came just after he had snatched at a chance in a manner which reflected a striker searching in vain for form and confidence.
Kane’s performance was very average throughout, a shadow of the player who has been a spearhead for England for so long.
He had set up a chance for Raheem Sterling just before he was taken off. Sterling, one of a record five Manchester City players in England’s starting line-up, could not cash in and was also taken off at the same time as Kane. He is another who is currently nowhere near his best.
Kane will surely bounce back but it was a display that once again poses the questions about how much he has been affected by a summer of speculation when he wanted to leave Tottenham for Manchester City but eventually had to stay in north London.
He does not look himself and the sooner the old spark returns the better for England and Spurs.
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- 3ShawBooked at 23mins
- 10SterlingSubstituted forHendersonat 76′minutes
- 9KaneSubstituted forAbrahamat 76′minutesSubstituted forWatkinsat 90+3′minutes
- 7GrealishSubstituted forSakaat 62′minutes
- 7NegoSubstituted forBollaat 90+3′minutes
- 13SchäferBooked at 41minsSubstituted forVécseiat 79′minutes
- 10SzoboszlaiBooked at 90minsSubstituted forNikolicat 90+2′minutes
- 19SchönSubstituted forHolenderat 68′minutes
- 20SallaiSubstituted forHahnat 79′minutes
Referee:Alejandro José Hernández Hernández
Match ends, England 1, Hungary 1.
Second Half ends, England 1, Hungary 1.
Foul by Ollie Watkins (England).
Péter Gulácsi (Hungary) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Attempt saved. Ollie Watkins (England) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal. Assisted by Phil Foden.
Attempt missed. Phil Foden (England) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the right following a corner.
Corner, England. Conceded by Nemanja Nikolic.
Substitution, Hungary. Bendegúz Bolla replaces Loic Nego.
Substitution, England. Ollie Watkins replaces Tammy Abraham because of an injury.
Substitution, Hungary. Nemanja Nikolic replaces Dominik Szoboszlai.
Luke Shaw (England) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
Foul by Loic Nego (Hungary).
Tyrone Mings (England) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by János Csaba Hahn (Hungary).
Dominik Szoboszlai (Hungary) is shown the yellow card.
Offside, England. Luke Shaw tries a through ball, but Tammy Abraham is caught offside.
Attempt missed. Luke Shaw (England) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the right.
Attempt missed. Filip Holender (Hungary) right footed shot from the left side of the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Zsolt Nagy.
Foul by John Stones (England).
Ákos Kecskés (Hungary) wins a free kick in the defensive half.