Gareth Southgate reacts to England’s defeat and penalty decision against Hungary | Soccer

Southgate wasn’t impressed by the penalty decision (Picture: Getty)

Gareth Southgate admits England didn’t do enough to win the Nations League opener against Hungary but lamented the penalty decision that sent his side to defeat.

The Three Lions suffered a disappointing defeat in Budapest when Dominik Szoboszlai converted a second-half penalty to seal the hosts’ victory.

Reece James was found to have fouled Zsolt Nagy, with the referee pointing to the spot without consulting VAR.

The call was branded tough by former England international Michael Owen and current Lionesses star Jordan Nobbs as Southgate was unhappy with the decision.

But the England boss admitted his side lacked cutting edge on the night as Hungary had chances to extend their lead.

England were unable to react to the penalty setback in Budapest (Image: Getty)

“We have to accept that we didn’t do enough to win the game,” Southgate told Channel 4.

“A draw would have been a fair result, we had enough possession but we weren’t sharp enough around the box and didn’t create enough clear chances.

“The actual outcome depends on a decision that I think is tough but unlikely to be overturned.”

In the penalty incident, Southgate continued. “I find it hard. You see challenges like that in the box where he just walked over to get his body between himself and the ball and the striker just makes a meal out of it.

“But sometimes when you’re not at home, you get calls like that.”

The game was to be held behind closed doors as punishment for racist and homophobic behavior by Hungarian fans – with England players being targeted on their last visit to the city last year.

Over 30,000 spectators – mostly children under the age of 14 – were in attendance at the Puskas Arena but due to a Uefa rule that saw English players booed for taking a knee before kick-off.

“The first thing we do (take the knee) is why we’re doing it, to try and educate people around the world,” Southgate said when asked about the boos.

“I have no idea why people would choose to boo the gesture. The young people cannot know why they are doing it, so they are influenced by older adults.

“Uefa’s decision must be made by others. We held our own as a team, everyone knows what we believe in and what we stand for, it’s a night to focus on football.

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