The highlight game for the Nations League on the 14th of June is ENGLAND versus HUNGARY. You can view all previous analysis from John’s regular column here: English Premier League Predictions For Saturday.
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ENGLAND v HUNGARY
19.45 in England
On Tuesday, we see the return of the Magyars, with Marco Rossi’s Hungary team coming to England to play against the Three Lions, also at Molineux.
The unfortunate thing about the fixture against Italy was the fans weren’t able to attend due to sanctions imposed by UEFA on England following the Euro’20 Final at Wembley against the Azzurri.
There will be fans in attendance against Hungary on Tuesday.
The irony in that is Hungary were also sanctioned by UEFA following racist incidents on England’s last trip to Budapest.
The opening game at the Puskas Arena last Saturday was supposed to take place in front of an empty stadium also.
The empty stadium, however, had more than 30,000 in attendance.
A stadium that holds 67,000 was half full when supposed to be empty.
The thought was that Hungary should allow the kids in.
These kids obviously need adult supervision and promptly booed the England players who took the knee before the game.
Well done UEFA!
In the 2nd fixture against Germany on Tuesday, Gareth switched things up a bit, bringing in John Stones, Kieran Trippier, Bukayo Saka, Kalvin Phillips and Raheem Sterling in place of Conor Coady, James Justin, Trent Alexander-Arnold, Jude Bellingham and Jarrod Bowen.
After being slightly more compact, England conceded a German goal early in the 2nd-half.
The unfortunate Leeds United Midfielder, Kalvin Phillips, picked up an injury after 14-minutes and was replaced by Jude.
Once again, Mr Southgate left Jack Grealish on the bench, giving the lad the final 20-minutes to try and get England back into the game.
Jack was instrumental in the award of a contentious penalty that allowed Harry Kane to equalise in the 88th minute, earning the Three Lions a point from a draw by a 1-1 score.
That was Big Harry’s 50th-England goal, now just 3-adrift of Wayne Rooney’s record of 53.
It’s now a matter of when not if, Harry Kane will become England’s leading goal scorer.
It took an England player, 45-years to elapse the previous leading goal scorer, now Wayne Rooney will have held the record for just 6 years if Harry scores 3-times this year.
Sir Bobby Charlton (108-caps) scored 49 goals for England between 1958 and 1970.
Wayne Rooney (120-caps) scored 53 goals for England between 2003 and 2018.
Harry Kane (71-caps) has 50 goals and counting between 2015-2022.
(5-hat-tricks, including a 4-goal haul in one fixture.)
The remarkable statistic there is Wayne Rooney never scored a hat-trick for England.
Jimmy Greaves has 6-hat-tricks for England, Gary Lineker scored 5-hat-tricks, Harry has 5, Sir Bobby has 4, the Barnsley legend that is Tommy Taylor scored 2-hat-tricks and even Peter Crouch notched 3-times in one game wearing an England shirt, yet Mr Rooney never made the accolade.
A quick mention regarding Tommy Taylor, the Barnsley Boy scored 16 goals in 19 England games, between 1953 and 1957, before the unfortunate Striker was killed in the Munich Air Disaster in February 1958.
Think what could have been.
Tommy Taylor and Sir Bobby Charlton playing 100 plus times for England, along with the great Duncan Edwards in Midfield!
There is a rumour around in the betting industry that England are 3rd-favourites at around 7/1 to win the World Cup in Qatar’22.
Brazil and France are slightly ahead of Gareth’s men.
Whilst John Newsome will never bet against England, is it realistic to think that Mr Southgate will pick a 23-man squad and a starting eleven that can win the World Cup in a country that will be baking hot with temperatures in the region of 30’ Celsius, or old money, 85’ Fahrenheit.
(One won’t need a coat!)
The end of season tiredness excuse may be replaced by the middle of the season heat excuse.
There will be more about the World Cup in this EveryTip column in the weeks leading up to the start in November.
As for England v Italy and England v Hungary over the next week, it’s just something to watch until the Transfer Window opens and the Premier League starts in August.
Betfred offer England at Odds On 2/7, the draw at 3/1 and 8/1 for Hungary to come away with all 3-points.
Betfred offer 3/1 that Harry Kane Scores First and 6/5 that England Win To Nil.