England’s Nations League campaign went from bad to worse with a 4-0 defeat at home to Hungary at the Molineux Stadium on Tuesday, 14 June 2022, the heaviest defeat that the men’s team has suffered at home in 94 years.
The dismal nature of the scoreline, coupled with a period of seven hours since England last scored a goal from open play has raised questions about Gareth Southgate’s future as England manager.
The likes of Eddie Howe, Graham Potter and Mauricio Pochettino are being discussed to replace Southgate, but after taking England to a Euros final just last year, is this recent torrid defeat enough to warrant Southgate’s exit?
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With this in mind, Betting.com reveals some of the heaviest and most significant defeats in Three Lions’ history, and the impact that they had on the team at the time.
England 0-4 Hungary (2022)
The shock defeat on Tuesday night was the biggest defeat the Three Lions have suffered under Southgate’s priorly successful leadership.
Having slipped to an unlucky 1-0 loss against the same Hungarian team just a week prior, fans had expected Southgate’s squad to bite back in this fixture – adding salt to the wound.
Two goals from Roland Sallai, plus finishes from Zsolt Nagy and Daniel Gadzag, as well as a red card for John Stones, piled on the misery for this current England team – who are facing Nations League relegation square in the face.
Germany 4-1 England (2010)
Fabio Capello’s time in charge of the England team finally capitulated after a brutal World Cup defeat at the hands of one of the Three Lions’ biggest rivals.
The writing was on the wall after a goal from Frank Lampard was harshly disallowed. Then a brace from Thomas Muller, plus goals from Miroslav Klose and Lukas Podolski meant that the England team were heading home from another World Cup earlier than planned.
Brazil 5-1 England (1964)
If English fans are looking for some reassurance ahead of the 2022 World Cup in Qatar in just five months’ time, England’s last and only World Cup win was achieved just two years after a heavy defeat in Rio de Janeiro.
However, with this Brazil side containing legends of the game like Pele and Carlos Alberto, this defeat may have been a slightly easier pill to swallow than England’s most recent upset.
Yugoslavia 5-0 England (1958)
The 1950s were a time that most England fans old enough to remember them would prefer to forget. This period in England’s history was littered with humiliating defeats.
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One of the worst was a 5-0 thrashing away to Yugoslavia. An England side containing the legendary Bobby Charlton amongst others was truly put to the sword in a game that saw Aleksandar Petakovic score a second-half hattrick.
Hungary 7-1 England (1954)
Given recent events, there’s a twisted irony in England’s worst-ever defeat being inflicted at the hands of Hungary. What’s more, the English side had lost 6-3 to the same Hungary side one year prior at Wembley.
However, the Hungary side of 1953-54 was ranked number one in the world and featured iconic stars of the game such as Ferenc Puskas.
England 1-5 Scotland (1928)
The last time that England were defeated at home quite as heavily as on Tuesday night came nearly a whole country ago, against the nation’s noisy neighbours, Scotland.
An 80,000-strong crowd at Wembley witnessed Scottish striker Alex Jackson score a hattrick against an abysmal home side that day.
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