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Jack Grealish shakes head after ‘bizarre’ substitution as England struggle to draw at home to Hungary in World Cup qualifier

Jack Grealish’s body language as he was substituted epitomised England’s disappointing performance as they could only manage a 1-1 draw at home to Hungary.

The Manchester City man was seen shaking his head after being hooked off by Gareth Southgate just after the hour mark in the World Cup qualifier at Wembley.

Grealish was replaced by Bukayo Saka in the 62nd minute

And looked visibly disappointed afterwards

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And looked visibly disappointed afterwards

Gareth Southgate’s men were sluggish throughout and fell behind through Roland Sallai’s penalty.

John Stones hit back shortly afterwards, however, England were unable to find the winner which would’ve taken them to the cusp of Qatar 2022.

Stones had a good chance to get his second after the break, while Raheem Sterling missed a sitter on the stroke of half time.

But England struggled to get into their usual rhythm in a match that also saw ugly scenes in the stands with Hungary fans clashing with police after a spectator was arrested for a racially aggravated public order offence at a steward.

Sallai put Hungary in the lead against England after a high boot from Luke Shaw

Sallai put Hungary in the lead against England after a high boot from Luke Shaw

Stones got the equaliser on 36 minutes

Stones got the equaliser on 36 minutes

There were ugly scenes in the stands too as Hungary fans clashed with police

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There were ugly scenes in the stands too as Hungary fans clashed with police

The crowd trouble, which began barely a minute into the match, was yet another stain on Hungarian football. However, the players on the pitch did their nation proud.

Minus a half chance for Harry Kane, the visitors stifled their opponents effectively at the beginning and were given a penalty after Luke Shaw was penalised for a high boot on Loic Nego in the box. Sallai did the rest as he sent Jordan Pickford the wrong way on 24 minutes.

That appeared to give England the rocket they needed as they upped the tempo and levelled the scores 12 minutes later.

A Phil Foden free-kick from the right brushed off a Hungary defender, straight into the path of Stones, who volleyed home from point-blank range.

Shaw and the England players felt hard done by to concede a penalty

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Shaw and the England players felt hard done by to concede a penalty

A green flare was let off in the Hungary end immediately after they took the lead

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A green flare was let off in the Hungary end immediately after they took the lead

The Hungary fans were muted when Stones equalised

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The Hungary fans were muted when Stones equalised

Sterling should have put the Three Lions in front on the stroke of half time but he failed to connect on the rebound inside the six yard box after his initial header was saved by Peter Gulacsi.

England controlled possession in the second half but lacked penetration – the closest they came was from Stones, who headed a corner just wide.

Southgate substituted Grealish, Kane and Sterling in the second half in a bid for freshen things up but the decision to take off Grealish was labelled ‘bizarre’ by talkSPORT’s Adrian Durham.

However, former England man Stuart Pearce doesn’t believe it had any bearing on their ability to win.

Pearce responded: “Jack’s one of those people that shows the emotions on his face, he was a bit disappointed and probably frustrated with the fact that England hadn’t got that second goal.

“I might’ve taken off Mason Mount but I don’t think we’d have won the game. I don’t think it [substituting Grealish] has influenced the result.”

The result means England must wait to seal their place at next winter’s finals. They next face Albania at Wembley on November 12 before going to San Marino in their final qualifier three days later.



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