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Nations League: Hungary Hand England First Defeat Since Euros Final

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Hungary stunned England 1-0 in their opening group game of the UEFA Nations League on Saturday, making it the first time the Three Lions have lost a game since their Euro 2020 final loss to Italy.

Dominik Szoboszlai scored from the penalty spot to give Hungary their first victory over England since 1962.

Gareth Southgate said fatigue was responsible for his players performance as they outplayed the Hungarians but failed to convert their statistical dominance to goals.

“They are bitterly disappointed because we want to keep winning matches. If we want to be a team right at the top tier of football, we need to come here and win,” said Southgate.

“It has been a long season. The heat was a factor and took a lot out of the players.”

The game was played behind closed doors due to the behaviour of the home fans during their home matches at Euro 2020.

England is stuck to the bottom of Group 3 in League A after other teams in the group, Italy and Germany played out a 1-1 draw.

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