Hungary vs England: Predicted team - will Patrick Bamford start? How to watch, TV channel and stream details

Patrick Bamford has been called into the England squad for their triple header – alongside Leeds United team-mate Kalvin Phillips

Thursday, 2nd September 2021, 2:51 pm
Updated Thursday, 2nd September 2021, 3:50 pm
England's striker Patrick Bamford (C) and teammates attend an England training session at St George's Park in Burton-on-Trent, central England, on September 1, 2021 ahead of of their FIFA World Cup 2022 qualifying matches against Hungary, Andorra and Poland. - NOT FOR MARKETING OR ADVERTISING USE / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE (Photo by Adrian DENNIS / AFP) / NOT FOR MARKETING OR ADVERTISING USE / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE (Photo by ADRIAN DENNIS/AFP via Getty Images)

England play their first game since the Euro 2020 final this evening when they take on Hungary in a World Cup qualifier.

Gareth Southgate’s side get back on the road to Qatar when they travel to Budapest for the first of a triple header of international games. And this time, the Three Lions boss has included Leeds star Patrick Bamford in his squad, having snubbed him for the Euros.

With three games played already, England currently sit top of their qualifying group having dispatched San Marino, Albania and Poland earlier in the year, but face a dangerous Hungary side who performed well at Euro 2020, and who sit second in Group I

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The Road to Qatar

Football fever peaked in the summer when England were beaten on penalties by Italy at Wembley, but the Three Lions must start again as they aim to reach the 2022 Qatar World Cup.

What time is Hungary vs England?

The game is played tonight, Thursday 2 September at the Puskas Stadium, Budapest.

Kick off is at 7.45pm.

Will England fans be allowed into the stadium?

No. The game will be played without any travelling fans following both FIFA and UEFA’s announcement that no away supporters will be permitted to attend any of September’s qualifiers due to ‘recent Covid spikes in Europe’ last month.

However the home side can expect a similar scene to the Euro 2020 group stage games which saw capacity crowds able to roar on the national side in the Hungarian capital.

How can I watch Hungary vs England? Stream details

The game is being screened live by ITV with the programme starting at 7.15pm. You can also stream the game via ITV Player.

Mark Pougatch will be hosting the show with pundits including Ian Wright and Lee Dixon. Commentary will come from Sam Matterface.

If you’re unable to watch live, there will be a highlights show featuring this match and others from across Europe at 10.45pm.

Hungary vs England team news

Gareth Southgate is likely to stick with the same formation and tactics which served him so well during Euro 2020, with a double pivot in midfield and a front three.

Harry Kane will start up front, with Leeds United striker Patrick Bamford in reserve as he hopes for a first cap. Dominic Calvert-Lewin withdrew from the squad and with Marcus Rashford and Ollie Watkins also injured, and Mason Greenwood not selected, Southgate is short of striker options.

Raheem Sterling and either Jadon Sancho, Bukayo Saka and £100million man Jack Grealish will complete the front three.

Trent Alexander Arnold’s return to the squad means he goes head to head with the likes of Kieran Trippier and Kyle Walker for the right-back slot.

Elsewhere, the team could have a familiar look to team which reached the Euro 2020 final with Kalvin Phillips set to again partner Declan Rice in midfield.

Predicted starting XI: (4-3-3) Pickford; Walker, Stones, Maguire, Shaw; Rice, Phillips, Mount; Sterling, Kane, Grealish

What are the latest odds for Hungary vs England?

England are overwhelming favourites, with odds on them winning the game priced at just 4/9. Hungary are priced 7/1.

Captain Harry Kane is favourite to score first.