England vs Hungary – World Cup qualifier: Live score, team news and updates

  • Dan Ripley

    Host commentator




Here is how it stands in Group I heading into the game

Win tonight and England will at the very least have a four-point gap over Albania who take on Poland this evening.

With two games to play after – and with the Three Lions still to face San Marino again – that would all but secure qualification for the World Cup. That’s not to be disrespectful to San Marino,… but just look at their record. They haven’t won for 113 games.


The warm ups are coming to a close at Wembley…

England will be looking for a repeat of last month’s performance, where they won 4-0 in Hungary. The visitors don’t have the best record against the Three Lions – they haven’t beaten them since the 1962 World Cup.


Former England striker Stan Collymore believes Foden is out of position

Interesting take from Collymore here. We’ll know more from kick-off but it does appear Foden will be out on the flank of England’s midfield, with Mason Mount the most advanced attacker. Them two are going to be this generation’s Lampard/Gerrard conundrum aren’t they?

Foden is a playmaker. It's that simple.

Fact he can play in a front 3 is a bonus, a cherry on top of the cake.

But half way to penalty spot in a straight line ( passing, creativity, going past people) is where World Cup's are won.

Give him the keys, let him unlock the doors.

— Stan Collymore (@StanCollymore) October 12, 2021


England boss Southgate calls on side to take the game to Hungary

A quick word with @itvfootball for Gareth Southgate ahead of tonight's #WCQ 🗣pic.twitter.com/XrU51jCQ4N

— England (@England) October 12, 2021


Harry Kane could BREAK Wayne Rooney’s record of 37 competitive goals for England in tonight’s World Cup qualifier against Hungary… but how do the former team-mates compare on the big stage?

KISHAN VAGHELA: Even despite his underwhelming start to his Tottenham season, Harry Kane is on the cusp of England history when Gareth Southgate’s men face Hungary.

How do Kane and Rooney compare as former eyes latter’s England record?

Rooney last month backed Kane to break his overall England goalscoring record, but the Spurs striker could be all out on his own for competitive goals for his country by the end of Tuesday night.

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Meanwhile it’s last chance saloon for Northern Ireland…

Conor Bradley makes his first Northern Ireland start as Ian Baraclough makes four changes for the World Cup qualifier against Bulgaria.

Shane Ferguson starts in place of Jamal Lewis, suspended after his controversial red card in the 2-0 defeat by Switzerland on Saturday which all-but ended hopes of reaching the qualifying play-offs.

The 18-year-old Bradley comes into the side along with Tom Flanagan and Josh Magennis, with Stuart Dallas and Ciaron Brown dropping to the bench and George Saville not listed in the matchday squad.

Bulgaria: Karadzhov, Turitsov, Petko Hristov, Radoslav Tsonev, Andrea Hristov, Velkovski, Borislav Tsonev, Chochev, Nedelev, Despodov, Atanas Iliev.
Subs: Vitanov, Malinov, Krastev, Ilian Iliev, Vutsov, Lukov, Yankov, Bozhikov, Kirilov, Karagaren, Delev, Dimitar Iliev.

Northern Ireland: Peacock-Farrell, McNair, Ballard, Cathcart, Flanagan, Ferguson, Bradley, Davis, Thompson, Magennis, Washington.
Subs: Smyth, Brown, Hughes, McCalmont, Dallas, Jones, Winchester, Hazard, McGinn, Charles.

Referee: Aleksei Kulbakov (Belarus)


The play-offs beckon for Scotland this evening…

It’s not all in their own hands though. Like England they can earn a top two spot with a win, but they must also rely on defeats handed to Austria and Israel.


Steve Clarke makes three alterations after dramatic Israel win

Scotland manager Steve Clarke makes three changes for the World Cup qualifier against the Faroe Islands in Torshavn.

Ryan Christie, Ryan Fraser and Grant Hanley are all recalled. Hanley is back from suspension, with Callum McGregor dropping out and Scott McTominay set to push into midfield.

Fraser replaces wing-back Nathan Patterson and Christie is a straight swap for the injured Che Adams.


Scotland will also be hoping to take a step closer to qualification

Faroe Islands: Gestsson, Faero, Vatnsdal, Nattestad, Sorensen, Gunnar Vatnhamar, Brandur Olsen, Davidsen, Hansson, Edmundsson, Jonsson.
Subs: Nielsen, Bjartalid, Askham, Knudsen, Klaemint Olsen, Frederiksen, Agnarsson, Jensen, Lamhauge, Solvi Vatnhamar, Danielsen.

Scotland: Gordon, Hendry, Hanley, Tierney, Fraser, McTominay, Gilmour, Robertson, John McGinn, Christie, Dykes.
Subs: McLean, Turnbull, McKenna, Ferguson, Nisbet, McLaughlin, Patterson, Kelly, Armstrong, McGregor, O’Donnell, Cooper.

Referee: Matej Jug (Slovenia)

Scotland's Stephen O'Donnell (right) and Andy Robertson look on before their World Cup qualifier in the Faroe Islands


England’s outfield selection is made up of half Manchester City stars

England make nine changes for their World Cup qualifier against Hungary as captain Harry Kane returns in attack.

The Three Lions won 5-0 in Andorra on Saturday with a much-changed line-up as only Manchester City pair Phil Foden and John Stones retain their places.

Kane comes back in to lead the line, with Jordan Pickford in goal and Luke Shaw, Kyle Walker and Tyrone Mings recalled in defence.

Declan Rice, Jack Grealish, Raheem Sterling and Mason Mount also come in for the hosts.

Jack Grealish (right) is one of five Manchester City players who start for England


England stars look a cheery bunch as they inspect the Wembley pitch

Well… most of them with perhaps the exception of Kane.

The #ThreeLions checking in at @wembleystadium 📍 pic.twitter.com/utR4gbjThx

— England (@England) October 12, 2021

Wembley will host England's clash against Hungary in the World Cup qualifier


England starting XI

Your #ThreeLions team to take on Hungary in #WCQ! 👊 pic.twitter.com/PxAscExdYQ

— England (@England) October 12, 2021


England edging closer… but the job is not done yet

This is an excellent opportunity for England to all but book a spot at next year’s World Cup though, as they take on Hungary at Wembley.

Win tonight and they will have no excuse not to reach the finals held next year as I welcome you to our live coverage of all this evening’s World Cup qualifying action.

Team news coming next… and it’s the return of the big hitters including skipper Harry Kane (below)



England will be looking to all but secure their place in next year’s World Cup when they host Hungary at Wembley.

The Three Lions know victory will guarantee them a place in the top two of their qualifying group, but with a trip to San Marino still to come it would put them with one foot in next year’s finals to be held in Qatar.

Hungary though could provide stern opposition at Wembley as they will be desperate for three points to keep their fading qualifying hopes hanging by a thread following defeat by England’s closest rivals Albania on Sunday. 

Follow Sportsmail’s DAN RIPLEY for live World Cup qualifier coverage of England vs Hungary, including build-up, team news and updates.