England will return for the first time since their heartbreak at Euro 2020 as they resume their 2022 World Cup qualifying bid against Hungary on Thursday evening.
The Three Lions showed continued improvement under Gareth Southgate during this summer’s championships, losing only on penalties to Italy in the final at Wembley.
After reaching the semi-finals of the 2018 World Cup, progress is clear and England can take another step towards Qatar on Thursday with victory, in what would be their fourth in as many qualifying outings.
However, Hungary proved at Euro 2020 that it is no slouch, despite not making it past the group stage.
They were drafted into the ‘Group of Death’ alongside France, Portugal and Germany and were only beaten once – with just an 84th-minute equalizer by the latter eventually knocking them out.
With a 100 per cent record to date, it is England that tops Group I in the World Cup qualifiers, with Hungary currently second, having dropped points in their 3-3 draw with Poland.
With the collision fast approaching, Sportsmail takes you through the all-important information.
England play for the first time since their penalty defeat to Italy in the Euro 2020 final
Gareth Southgate’s side will aim to continue their perfect 2022 World Cup qualifier record
When is Hungary vs England?
The World Cup qualifier between Hungary and England will take place on Thursday, September 2.
The match will start at 7:45pm BST and will be played at Budapest’s Puskas Arena, one of 11 host stadiums we saw during the European Championship.
The stadium has a capacity of 67,000, with a packed crowd expected.
How to watch the match?
Hungary vs England is broadcast for free on ITV1, with coverage from 7:15pm.
UK viewers can stream the match free online through their ITV Hub.
There will also be a highlights pack on the same channel, starting at 10.45pm, featuring both Hungary vs England and the other matches taking place across Europe.
Sportsmail will also have a live blog so you can keep up to date with us.
What does Group I look like?
As mentioned, it is England who are currently top of Group I, who have won all their matches so far.
And most importantly, it is only the winner of each group that automatically qualifies for the World Cup in Qatar next year.
England have three qualifiers to play during the international match, with Andorra on Sunday at Wembley, before another tricky trip to Poland next Wednesday.
England top Group I with three wins from as many 2022 World Cup qualifiers
Harry Maguire scored a crucial late winner to give England the win over Poland last time
Nine points in the next three games would put England in a leading position for the next round of games in early October.
They have come out victorious in their three games to date, beating San Marino, Albania and Poland with a total score of 9-1.
They now face a Hungarian side who have been in excellent form and have scored ten goals in their three qualifiers so far.
Marco Rossi’s side would take England to the top of the group with a win on Thursday.
England could be without Jadon Sancho for Thursday night’s game after Southgate revealed on Wednesday that the attacker had been slapped.
The winger has played in all three of Manchester United’s Premier League games so far this season, having signed from Borussia Dortmund for a staggering £73 million transfer.
Southgate confirmed the rest of his squad are all fit, although they lost Dominic Calvert-Lewin in Everton’s win over Brighton last weekend.
England could do without Jadon Sancho on Thursday after the winger was hit
England will also have to do without the injured Marcus Rashford, Ollie Watkins, Phil Foden, Ben White and Dean Henderson.
Meanwhile, Patrick Bamford was able to get his first minutes in an England senior shirt after being called up to Southgate’s squad.
But he is likely to settle for a seat on the bench with Harry Kane – who has remained at Tottenham despite pushing for a transfer to Manchester City in the summer – who will once again be captain.
goalkeepers: Pickford, Johnstone, Pope
Defenders: Alexander-Arnold, Coady, James, Maguire, Mings, Shaw, Stones, Trippier, Walker
Midfielders: Bellingham, Henderson, Lingard, Mount, Phillips, Rice
forward: Bamford, Grealish, Kane, Saka, Sancho, Sterling
Hungary vs England: the odds
After their very impressive run to the Euro 2020 final, and with three wins from as many World Cup qualifiers to date, it’s no surprise that England are the overwhelming favorites to claim another scalp on Thursday night.
The Three Lions are favorites at 2/5 to take the win, while Hungary is the underdog at 17/2. Meanwhile, there is a draw at 18/5.
* Opportunities according to Betfair and correct at the time of publication.