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Gareth Southgate: Heat in Hungary caused England loss

Gareth Southgate blamed the Hungarian heat for England's Nations League loss.

The Three Lions slipped to a rare 1-0 defeat in Budapest in their opening game of the campaign following a disappointing performance and Southgate claims that the hot weather was a reason for the result.

The England boss said: "I think we knew it was going to be a very difficult game.

"We've had difficult games with them, with Hungary, as other big nations have had. They're very difficult to break down.

"We probably lacked a half-yard I would say, in terms of our real incisiveness. I think that was more the heat than the length of the season.

"The other factor is, we haven't played together for three months and we have had three games in six months."

Southgate suggested that he misjudged the balance between picking a team to win and experimenting ahead of the World Cup later this year.

He said: "Across these four games, we are trying to balance having a look at things, finding out about players and trying to win.

"Maybe I didn't quite get the balance of that right but we've learned a lot from it and I have to accept you are not going to win matches and you've got to ride the criticism that comes from it with the learning that should help us further down the line.

"We are disappointed because if we're going to be a team that gets to the final stages of a World Cup, these are the types of games that we have to win."

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