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Bukayo Saka criticised by media after he 'wasted' Harry Kane's pass in England 0-4 Hungary

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Arsenal star Bukayo Saka and Tottenham Hotspur striker Harry Kane both started for England in their Nations League game against Hungary last night.

Gareth Southgate’s men haven’t been in the greatest form recently, but they were still expected to get the job done against the Hungarians, who are 35 places below them in FIFA’s rankings.

However, England didn’t just get beat last night, they got battered. Hungary smashed four past Aaron Ramsdale without reply, and no player can really hold their head up high.

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The Three Lions did have a golden chance to get on the scoresheet though, but young Saka let Kane down after a magnificent pass by the Tottenham man.

Arsenal star Bukayo Saka criticised by national media after England 0-4 Hungary

In their player ratings, The Telegraph rated Saka 5/10 and wrote about the missed opportunity: “Wasted a fantastic pass from Kane by volleying the ball over the crossbar instead of crossing for Sterling in the middle.”

Sky Sports also rated him 5/10 and wrote: “Offered little on the left of England’s front three in the first half and continued in the same vein when he moved to left wing-back in the second. Might have been more effective on his preferred side.”

The Daily Mail agreed with the above two media outlets as well. They wrote: “One dangerous cross aside, was not involved enough and little came off when ball did come his way.”

The Evening Standard too gave him a 5/10. “Had the odd bright moment, creating a good chance in the first half with a cross. Spent the second-half playing at left wing-back,” they wrote.

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Saka definitely won’t be pleased with his display and Kane has every right to feel let down after nothing came of his magnificent pass. However, the Arsenal youngster wasn’t the only one who didn’t play well last night.

Apart from possibly Reece James, no player can come out of the game yesterday and say that they did their bit. The result reflects the Three Lions’ performance, and Southgate cannot have any complaints.

England don’t play again till September. They take on Italy and Germany then, and after that, it’s a trip to Qatar for the World Cup at the end of this year.

If Southgate’s men play like they did yesterday, they will not even get past the group stages, which would be a real shame considering the amount of quality England have now.

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