Yes, it really happened.
England have suffered their biggest defeat since 1964, and their worst at home since 1928…to Hungary.
A nightmarish start to the Three Lions’ Nations League went from pretty bad to God awful at Molineux, as the visitors ran riot and ensured they would take six points from two matches against Gareth Southgate’s side.
Things didn’t look too bad before kick off, with the England manager naming a young and experimental with plenty of exciting stars on display.
However, it took just 16 minutes for things to go pear-shaped for the hosts, as Roland Sallai lashed home a fine finish after England failed to clear from a free kick.
It was…not great defending, with Kalvin Phillips at fault in particular.
Reece James was the only reason it wasn’t 2-0 before the break, making an excellent goal-line clearance to deny Dominik Szoboszlai’s inswinging free kick.
England toiled but couldn’t find a leveller before half-time. If you’re expecting to read on and discover they would equalise and go one to win comfortably, well, you’d be badly, badly mistaken.
While Harry Kane came closest to scoring what would have been a measly consolation for England, Hungary scored THREE MORE in the second half as they ran riot in the Midlands.
Phillips’ nightmare continued as he was dispossessed and outmuscled by Hungary substitute Martin Adam in his own half, and he coolly laid the ball off for Sallai to bag his brace with what was clearly a toe punt that sailed straight through Aaron Ramsdale’s legs.
At that point England probably still thought they had a chance of getting back into it, but after ten more minutes of toil they were sucker punched again by their incredibly clinical visitors.
This time it was wing-back Zsolt Nagy who produced the goods, walloping an unerring strike beyond Arsenal man Ramsale. 3-0 Hungary with plenty of the game to go. Cue chants of ‘you don’t know what you’re doing’ from the home crowd…
Of course, no drubbing is complete without the customary red card for a frustrated player, and John Stones checked that box on the bingo card when he was given his marching orders a couple of minutes later.
It was pretty harsh, in truth, as he was perceived to have purposely blocked his man off the ball – but all in the name of ‘miscellaneous football thrashing bingo’.
Substitute Daniel Gazdag completed England’s humiliation in the final minute, running through and lifting a delightful finish over the hapless Ramsdale for 4-0.
The result signalled Englands worst result for a good few generations and led to immediate questions about Gareth Southgate’s future, rightly or wrongly.
Thankfully, this was England’s last game of a grubby Nations League campaign for a few months. Now let’s forget it ever happened.