Gareth Southgate has confirmed he will once again make full use of his squad for Tuesday’s World Cup qualifier at home to Hungary (England 1/7, draw 13/2, Hungary 25/1 – Match odds).
England are close to officially qualifying for the World Cup in Qatar next year, having won six of their seven Group I games so far.
The Three Lions are expected to follow up Saturday’s 5-0 win in Andorra with another victory over Hungary at Wembley and Southgate has confirmed there will be changes again after several of his so-called first-choice side were rested last time out.
He said: “There will be changes. We’ve got a very strong squad, and we want the squad to feel involved.
“It is important they know their value and can contribute; it wasn’t a friendly (against Andorra), there were qualification points at stake and I was really pleased with the quality of the performance as well as the application.”
England beat Hungary 4-0 in Budapest last month, with all the goals coming in the second half, and the boss is likely to bring back the likes of Jordan Pickford, Kyle Walker, Raheem Sterling, Mason Mount and skipper Harry Kane, amongst others, for the return meeting.
Manchester City ace Phil Foden (7/5 – To score anytime against Hungary) caught they eye in midfield against Andorra and he’s another who may get the chance to shine again on the international stage, although Southgate knows he’s blessed with a lot of creative talent in the squad whoever he picks.
He added: “I have a headache and commit a crime every time I pick a team. We have such strong competition for places; there were lots of players who did their own confidence and reputation the world of good the other day and that is pleasing to see.”
England have a fantastic recent record as, aside from losing to Italy on penalties in the final of the Euros, they are unbeaten in the calendar year, winning 13 of their 16 games in 2021, and have been in superb form at Wembley, winning 11 of their last 14 games at the national stadium, while they are on a run of 12 successive World Cup Qualifying victories on home soil.
Hungary sit fourth in Group I, five points behind Albania in second as they chase the runners-up spot which brings with it a play-off place.