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Hungary vs. England: World Cup qualifying live stream, TV channel, how to watch online, news, odds, time

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On Thursday, England return to action for the first time since their heartbreaking loss at the hands of Italy at Euro 2020 with what could yet be a tough trip to Budapest to face Hungary. As France and Portugal can attest, a packed crowd at the Puskas Arena can make for the most intimidating of atmospheres and can certainly bring the best out of Marco Rossi’s side.

England sit top of Group I with three wins from three but a loss to the Magyars would suddenly bring a bit more jeopardy to their pursuit of automatic qualification for next winter’s World Cup. Here is how you can watch the match and what you need to know:

Viewing information

  • Date: Thursday, Sep. 2 | Time: 2:45 p.m. ET
  • Location: Puskas Arena — Budapest, Hungary
  • TV/Live stream: ESPN+
  • Odds: Hungary +650; Draw +320; England -225 (via Caesars Sportsbook) 

Storylines

Hungary: Fresh from a more than credible performance at Euro 2020 where they held France and Germany to draws and nearly did the same to Portugal, Hungary resume their qualification campaign in a buoyant mood that is only heightened by the return of Dominik Szoboszlai to their squad. The RB Leipzig midfielder, considered one of the best players to come out of his country since the glory days of the 1950s, missed the summer tournament with injury but has returned with a bang.

Szoboszlai was voted player of the Bundesliga matchday last month after scoring twice in a 4-0 win over Stuttgart. The 20-year-old’s exploits in the Champions League have already proven that he has a taste for the biggest stage, he might just light it up against England.

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England: Now that the disappointment of their shootout defeat to Italy has begun to recede England’s priority will be to go one step further in Qatar next winter, by which time most of their young squad will have developed further and more options might have emerged.

“The team has gained confidence from what they achieved and the progress they’ve made,” said manager Gareth Southgate, who could be without Jadon Sancho for the trip to Budapest. “But equally we have to start again. The journey to having the chance of another run like that in a tournament is under way.

“Mentally it’s a good test for us. Away from home, 60,000 fans and a very good team we’re playing against. We have got to be at our very best.”

Prediction

Hungary are likely to offer a stern test for England but the Three Lions have the quality to pick up three crucial points on the road. PICK: Hungary 1, England 3



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