England player ratings: Harrowing Hungary defeat sees Phillips flaws show and off-the-pace Stones see red

Rolland Sallai celebrating scoring for Hungary

England suffered a second UEFA Nations League defeat to Hungary in the space of 10 days, losing 4-0 in their heaviest home defeat since 1928.

Hungary took the lead in the 16th minute after a free-kick routine, which England failed to deal with. Roland Sallai was on hand to put the finishing touches, firing past Aaron Ramsdale.

England had a couple of efforts on target themselves, such as a header by John Stones that was saved by Denes Dibusz. The Hungary keeper was also called into action to smartly prevent an own goal by Willi Orban.

Hence, by the half-time whistle, Hungary still had the advantage, despite England comfortably having the better of possession.

The second half followed a similar pattern, until Hungary made it 2-0 in the 70th minute. Sallai was the scorer again, arrowing past Ramsdale with the outside of his boot.

And it became 3-0 when Zsolt Nagy smashed the ball home from the edge of the area. Chants of “you don’t know what you’re doing” ensued.

Then, a fourth Hungary goal came when substitute Daniel Gazdag got in behind and finished to cap off a memorable result for the visitors.

Several England players were not up to standard, as a run of four Nations League fixtures concluded without a single victory.

England player ratings

Aaron Ramsdale: Did little to prevent any of the goals, having been unable to react quickly enough to get anything other than a skim of the arm on Hungary’s close-range opener. Couldn’t stop Sallai’s second, either, despite it being more towards him, and goal number three flew past him. Provided no obstacle for the fourth. 4

Kyle Walker: Seemed to lack some confidence when approaching the final third. The other way, Hungary occasionally found openings in his right-back territory. Couldn’t quite get across in time to block Sallai’s successful attempt for the doubler. 3

John Stones: Was unable to clear the aerial danger as the ball came in before the first goal. It was not the only time he was caught out or made an error of judgement. Somewhat harshly received a second yellow card within the final 10 minutes so was sent off to bring an early end to a disappointing display. 3

Marc Guehi: Went about his business quietly but calmly in the first half, showing composure and control at the back. One of the only ones who looked like holding things together, but still has room for improvement. 6

Reece James: Starting as a left-back, was kept busy in the opening exchanges. Sometimes looked uncomfortable on his weaker side, but did make a goalline clearance after a set piece that threatened to double Hungary’s first-half advantage. Shifted over to the right, where he looked a bit more comfortable, when England changed to a back three at half-time. 4

Kalvin Phillips: Gave away the free kick that led to the opening goal and lost sight of goalscorer Sallai. Otherwise tried to be combative at the base of midfield but sometimes risked further fouls. Was also to blame for the second goal when he was dispossessed. Looked off the pace. 3

Conor Gallagher: Started with some energy in midfield, putting in a decent shift. Faded eventually before being withdrawn just over 10 minutes into the second half. 6

Jude Bellingham: Occasionally showed his good footwork and confidence on the ball. Provided some excitement going forwards as a bright spark. 6

Bukayo Saka: Had little space to work with in the first half before becoming a wing-back for the second. Was quiet overall and lacked his usual verve and confidence. 4

Harry Kane: Misread the flight of the ball when he could have cleared it to prevent it falling to Sallai for the opener. At the other end, attempted to replicate the attacking playmaker role he has thrived in for Tottenham recently. Did well to hit the bar with an instinctive effort with the back of his head towards the end. 6

Jarrod Bowen: Had the first half-chance of the game, but it was difficult to get power on his header from a tight angle. Sometimes appeared short of ideas despite his ability to run at defenders. Withdrawn at the break. 4


Raheem Sterling (on for Bowen, half-time): Got on the ball the most of the introductions, but often found obstacles despite decent footwork and first touches. 5

Mason Mount (on for Gallagher, 56 mins): Saw a bit of the ball but had little overall impact. 5

Phil Foden (on for Bellingham, 68 mins): Pulled one shot wide after being set up by clubmate Sterling within the last 15 minutes, and another after a James set-up. 6

Harry Maguire (on for Saka, 85 mins): Surprisingly brought on when his side were 3-0 down. Couldn’t help prevent a fourth going in. 5

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