Gareth Southgate would have been hoping for a straightforward night for his team, who entered the game atop Group I, but his side were forced to come from behind to draw with their visitors, while Hungary fans clashed with police soon after the opening whistle.
Many of the away supporters booed as England players took the knee at the start of the game, and police were soon forced to contain the Hungary fans, using batons before retreating. A Metropolitan Police statement later read: “Officers entered the stand to arrest a spectator for a racially aggravated public order offence following comments made towards a steward. As the officers made the arrest, minor disorder broke out involving other spectators.”
On the pitch, Roland Sallai scored from the penalty spot following a high foot by Luke Shaw to put Hungary ahead in the first half, but John Stones restored parity before the break by turning in a Phil Foden free-kick at the back post. Follow all the fallout from England vs Hungary below.
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Hungary took the lead from the penalty spot after Luke Shaw was penalised for a high foot when making a clearance in the box, but John Stones equalised when he turned in Phil Foden’s free kick before half time.
Raheem Sterling was denied by Peter Gulacsi when he tried to round the Hungary goalkeeper but Gareth Southgate’s side created few chances despite the England manager fielding an attacking line-up.
Hungary fans clash with police during World Cup qualifier against England at Wembley
Police fought with Hungary fans in ugly scenes at Wembley during a World Cup qualifying match on Tuesday evening as they attempted to arrest a spectator for racist abuse towards a stadium steward.
A cluster of visiting supporters mostly wearing black T-shirts clashed and forced back stewards and police at a gangway entrance in the lower tier. Police could be seen wielding batons during the skirmish. The incident occurred during first 10 minutes of the match before calming down.
England vs Hungary: Player ratings as Harry Kane struggles and John Stones shines
England were held to a draw by Hungary on an underwhelming night at Wembley.
Roland Sallai kept his cool to convert an early penalty after Luke Shaw had been adjudged to have committed a foul when making a clearance with a high boot. John Stones equalised soon after at a set-piece, but despite England’s pressure in the second half they could not find a way through a well-organised Hungarian side.
The result leaves England top of the table with two games remaining, but now only three points clear of their nearest rivals Poland.
Harry Kane has failed to score for England in a qualifying match for a major international tournament for the first time since September 2017 vs Slovakia, having found the back of the net in 15 consecutive such matches prior to today.
90+5 mins: It’s over. Hungary earn themselves a draw at Wembley. It’s the second time England have dropped points during these World Cup qualifiers.
Gareth Southgate took some risks with his starting XI playing Rice as the pivot with Foden and Mount as attacking mids. It was worth a shot to get England’s best players on the field but the Three Lions didn’t quite gel and chances were few and far between.
Hungary get a little lucky with the penalty decision but England never kicked on after Stones’s equaliser. Lots for Southgate to think about.
90+3 mins: England swing a corner into the middle of the box but Hungary win the initial ball. It drops to Foden whose shot is deflected wide towards Watkins. His first touch in the game is a shot at goal but he slips at the vital moment and softly sends his effort into the hands of Gulacsi.