'What a joke': England football 'disgrace' leaves fans fuming

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Seen here, John Stones getting sent off for England against Hungary.
John Stones was sent off after a baffling incident in England's humiliating defeat against Hungary. Pic: Twitter/Getty

Angry football fans have flooded social media after England sunk to an embarrassing 94-year low, in a 4-0 thrashing by Hungary at Wolverhampton.

The result was England's worst loss on home soil since 1928, with a comical red card for defender John Stones merely compounding the misery for the English.

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The Three Lions were ripped apart as boos wrung out at the Molineux Stadium, with Roland Sallai's brace added to late on by Zsolt Nagy and Daniel Gazdag.

England's chastening defeat means they remain bottom of Group A3 and in danger of being relegated to the second tier of the Nations League as the only side in the group without a win after four games.

Victory leaves Hungary (7 points) on top of the group, with Germany (6) and Italy (5) hot on their heels.

Hungary led 1-0 thanks to Sallai's early goal before England fell apart. Sallai made it 2-0 in the 70th minute before Nagy fired home for 3-0.

England fans were already fuming about the display from their team when Stones was sent off in the most ludicrous of circumstances.

The referee judged that the contact between the England defender and Hungary's Daniel Gazdag warranted a second yellow for Stones, meaning the end of a miserable night for the Manchester City star.

However, replays showed that the contact between the players was minimal at best, with many arguing that the Hungarian player ran into the shoulder of Stones.

Incredibly, VAR opted not to intervene as Stones was given his marching orders - leavers viewers livid on social media.

Fans turn on Gareth Southgate after thrashing

By the end of the match England fans were telling Gareth Southgate - England's most successful manager since Sir Alf Ramsey a half-century ago - that "you don't know what you're doing".

"It's not pleasant ... People pay to come and watch. They're going to give an opinion. The team weren't able to deliver tonight, my responsibility and so if the flak comes my way then I have to deal with that," Southgate said after the match.

"I can't dress up what's happened tonight in any way, shape or form but if we're judged on the matches with our full strength players, then I think it's a different assessment.

"It's not realistic to have had the ride I've had for five years and not have bad nights."

Pictured here, a solemn looking England Manager Gareth Southgate after his side's embarrassing home defeat against Hungary.
England Manager Gareth Southgate was targeted by frustrated fans after his side's embarrassing home defeat against Hungary. Pic: Getty

Not since being beaten 5-1 by Scotland 94 years ago have England suffered as big a home defeat as the one Hungary inflicted on them.

Asked if he is still confident of World Cup success in Qatar, Southgate replied: "After a result like tonight, whatever my answer to that question is going to be open to ridicule.

"So I've got to get the balance right, that is what we're very clear on. What works for us, what gets results for us? What has got results for us ... We've always said we are one of a group of teams that can be pushing in the winter. I don't believe that's any different."

Elsewhere, Belgium's 1-0 win over Poland in Group A4 was more restrained than their 6-1 thrashing of the same opposition last week.

Michy Batshuayi's diving header in the first half was enough for Belgium to move up to second on seven points, three behind the Netherlands who stayed top by beating Wales 3-2.

Turkey made it four wins from four in Group C1 with a 2-0 home win over Lithuania, while there were also wins for Scotland, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Montenegro, Moldova and Latvia.

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