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Southgate defends Mount & Foden

Gareth Southgate insisted that his English players’ collective performance in the 1-1 draw with Hungary was more of a downfall than tactical or individual choices.

John Stones’ tap-in nullified Roland Sallai’s penalty at Wembley after the Three Lions failed to win a home qualifier for the first time since 2012.

Southgate insists that while they are not happy with the team’s performance, they need more time to ponder why their players couldn’t overtake Hungary.

“[It was a] disappointing performance. Hungary, full appreciation, you have given us a tactical problem. We weren’t fluid and I didn’t think we were playing at the level we needed to play, very simply, “he told ITV.

“It’s hard to locate [why England weren’t at that level]”Of course we will go away and think a little about the team balance, but I think we can be better individually and I think we made a lot of simple mistakes with the ball.”

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