England suffered it’s worst home defeat in more than 90 years, the last time the Three Lions was beaten so heavily on home soil was in 1928 with a 5-1 defeat to Scotland.
It brings to a close an international break that has seen Southgate’s side score just once in four games, and that was a Harry Kane penalty in the 1-1 draw with Germany, while England have gone four matches without a victory for the first time since 2014.
Now the second most successful manager in the England men’s side’s history – one who led his team to a World Cup semi-final and to within a penalty shootout of winning the Euros last summer – has just two games in September to rebuild that confidence before his squad head to Qatar.
England manager Southgate said “It is a chastening night, we have not lost many football matches and when you lose so heavily, at home especially, with England that is going to be very painful.
“I am really clear on what works for us as a group and what doesn’t work as a group – tonight is a difficult night.
“My predecessors have had nights like this, I have watched them from the sofa as a kid and watched as a player#, and I recognise those difficult times. But you can’t just be at at the front when things are going well and not stand up when you have difficult experiences. That is part of football, that is part of life.”
“It is a difficult night for the players,” he added. “I feel for them because the two Hungary games in particular I picked teams where I tried to balance the squad and give young players opportunities, and I didn’t get the balance right to be able to perform at the level they needed to be able to win those matches.
“The players have been fantastic. They have been totally committed throughout this period. It has been a really difficult period for them because of the volume of matches they have had.
“The responsibility lies with me for that. But it was also difficult to put the strongest team out in every game, so we used it to prepare for Qatar.
“Of course a night like tonight is really difficult and it is important I take that off their shoulders as that’s totally down to me.”