Southgate warns England 'hard work starts now' for World Cup
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England captain Harry Kane had strong words for Hungary’s fans after monkey chants were audible during Thursday’s World Cup qualifier. The Three Lions battled on regardless, romping to a 4-0 victory as the side clicked into gear during the second-half.
Raheem Sterling’s opening goal was greeted by a chorus of boos and projectiles thrown from the stands.
ITV’s Gabriel Clarke also claimed that he could hear monkey chants in the stand next to where England’s players were warming up, in what was a truly unsavoury atmoshere surrounding the encounter.
UEFA handed Hungary an order to play two matches behind closed doors in the wake of homophobic chanting during Euro 2020, although Thursday’s tie was sanctioned by FIFA.
Kane was thus mistaken in directing his post-match comments towards UEFA, although his sentiments are surely understandable for all those watching on.
“Fantastic result,” he said. “Real tough place to come. We knew getting a win here today would put is in a great position.
“Couldn’t be better, 4-0 away from home, a great night for us.
“They got tired in the second half and we were able to capitalise on that.”
When quizzed about the racist chanting, Kane said: “I did not hear that, obviously I’ll talk to the boys and see if they heard it.
“We’ll have to report it to UEFA, and if it’s the case hopefully UEFA will come down strong.”
It was unfortunate that such behaviour from opposition fans marred what was otherwise an extremely successful night for Gareth Southgate and his side.
Hungary are no slouches on the pitch, battling to draws at Euro 2020 against both Germany and France.
They showed that same spirit during the first-half, although England found an extra gear after the break to promptly put the tie beyond doubt.
After the crowd slowly broke into boos after witnessing Sterling’s opener, the winger then crossed into Harry Kane who doubled England’s lead.
Harry Maguire then got in on the act to complete a 14-minute spell where England notched three goals, before Declan Rice’s shot from distance crept under Peter Gulacsi.
There were many troubling elements to the match, but England showed resilience to maintain their perfect World Cup qualifying campaign, taking them to four wins from four games.
Next up, they host Andorra at Wembley, before rounding off the international break by heading to Poland.
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