England player ratings v Hungary: Harry Maguire 8, Raheem Sterling 8, Harry Kane 7

Three Lions win in impressive fashion but match is marred by reports of racist abuse by home fans in Budapest

England thrashed Hungary 4-0 in their first match since reaching the Euro 2020 final with a thoroughly professional World Cup qualifying performance.

After a tight first half in Budapest when the Hungarians proved difficult to break down, the floodgates opened when Raheem Sterling finished well from Mason Mount's pull-back after 55 minutes.

England captain Harry Kane - who could and should have finished the match with four goals to his name - made it two eight minutes later when he headed home from Sterling's cross from the right.

Defender Harry Maguire made it three on 69 minutes when his header from a Luke Shaw corner was fumbled into the net by Hungary goalkeeper Peter Gulacsi.

Three Lions midfielder Declan Rice completed the rout with a shot from the edge of the area that Gulacsi should have stopped.

The match was marred by ugly scenes in the stands with Hungary set to face punishment for the actions of their fans.

Sterling was pelted with cups after scoring for England, a flare was thrown on to the pitch and there were reports that racist abuse was directed at away players.

England are now in a very strong permission as they look to qualify for the 2022 World Cup. Gareth Southgate's side are top of their group having won four out of four matches and are five points clear of second placed Poland.

Next up are Andorra at Wembley Stadium on Sunday, then they travel to Poland three days later.

Updated: September 3rd 2021, 4:07 AM
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