It’s back to international duty for England’s pilloried stars this Wednesday as minnows Hungary visit Wembley Stadium for a friendly encounter just three days before the start of the Premier League.
Pundits have had a difficult time predicting whether or not Three Lions players who took part in the country’s dismal showing in South Africa will be booed during play, as the level of hostility to them from supporters shows no sign of decreasing.
Stern Italian Fabio Capello is now on the precipice despite being assured he won’t be sacked and will see out his contract until 2012.
England’s shambolic sub-continent campaign means that he appears to be on borrowed time and has been further hit with the withdrawal and subsequent international retirements of Blackburn goalkeeper Paul Robinson and Manchester United stalwart Wes Brown.
The fixture has already been criticised by several managers, with Harry Redknapp’s Tottenham Hotspur strikeforce of Peter Crouch and Jermain Defoe allowed to miss the game with a Champions League qualifier with Swiss team Young Boys to come next week.
Despite the gloom and sense of unease ahead of Wednesday night, a strong England win is predicted, and Capello’s side are 5/1 with bookmaker Paddy Power to win by three goals.
England v Hungary is live on ITV1 with kick-off at 8pm.
Odds correct at time of writing and are subject to change