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- England will aim to put one foot in next year’s World Cup finals with victory
- Gareth Southgate’s side can all but secure progression with Wembley win
- The World Cup qualifier at Wembley Stadium gets underway from 7.45pm BST
- READ: Harry Kane can match Wayne Rooney’s England record tonight
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England will be looking to all but secure their place in next year’s World Cup when they host Hungary at Wembley.
The Three Lions know victory will guarantee them a place in the top two of their qualifying group, but with a trip to San Marino still to come it would put them with one foot in next year’s finals to be held in Qatar.
Hungary though could provide stern opposition at Wembley as they will be desperate for three points to keep their fading qualifying hopes hanging by a thread following defeat by England’s closest rivals Albania on Sunday.
Follow Sportsmail’s DAN RIPLEY for live World Cup qualifier coverage of England vs Hungary, including build-up, team news and updates.
Harry Kane could BREAK Wayne Rooney’s record of 37 competitive goals for England in tonight’s World Cup qualifier against Hungary… but how do the former team-mates compare on the big stage?
KISHAN VAGHELA: Even despite his underwhelming start to his Tottenham season, Harry Kane is on the cusp of England history when Gareth Southgate’s men face Hungary.
Conor Bradley makes his first Northern Ireland start as Ian Baraclough makes four changes for the World Cup qualifier against Bulgaria.
Shane Ferguson starts in place of Jamal Lewis, suspended after his controversial red card in the 2-0 defeat by Switzerland on Saturday which all-but ended hopes of reaching the qualifying play-offs.
The 18-year-old Bradley comes into the side along with Tom Flanagan and Josh Magennis, with Stuart Dallas and Ciaron Brown dropping to the bench and George Saville not listed in the matchday squad.
Bulgaria: Karadzhov, Turitsov, Petko Hristov, Radoslav Tsonev, Andrea Hristov, Velkovski, Borislav Tsonev, Chochev, Nedelev, Despodov, Atanas Iliev.
Subs: Vitanov, Malinov, Krastev, Ilian Iliev, Vutsov, Lukov, Yankov, Bozhikov, Kirilov, Karagaren, Delev, Dimitar Iliev.
Northern Ireland: Peacock-Farrell, McNair, Ballard, Cathcart, Flanagan, Ferguson, Bradley, Davis, Thompson, Magennis, Washington.
Subs: Smyth, Brown, Hughes, McCalmont, Dallas, Jones, Winchester, Hazard, McGinn, Charles.
Referee: Aleksei Kulbakov (Belarus)
It’s not all in their own hands though. Like England they can earn a top two spot with a win, but they must also rely on defeats handed to Austria and Israel.
Scotland manager Steve Clarke makes three changes for the World Cup qualifier against the Faroe Islands in Torshavn.
Ryan Christie, Ryan Fraser and Grant Hanley are all recalled. Hanley is back from suspension, with Callum McGregor dropping out and Scott McTominay set to push into midfield.
Fraser replaces wing-back Nathan Patterson and Christie is a straight swap for the injured Che Adams.
Faroe Islands: Gestsson, Faero, Vatnsdal, Nattestad, Sorensen, Gunnar Vatnhamar, Brandur Olsen, Davidsen, Hansson, Edmundsson, Jonsson.
Subs: Nielsen, Bjartalid, Askham, Knudsen, Klaemint Olsen, Frederiksen, Agnarsson, Jensen, Lamhauge, Solvi Vatnhamar, Danielsen.
Scotland: Gordon, Hendry, Hanley, Tierney, Fraser, McTominay, Gilmour, Robertson, John McGinn, Christie, Dykes.
Subs: McLean, Turnbull, McKenna, Ferguson, Nisbet, McLaughlin, Patterson, Kelly, Armstrong, McGregor, O’Donnell, Cooper.
Referee: Matej Jug (Slovenia)
England make nine changes for their World Cup qualifier against Hungary as captain Harry Kane returns in attack.
The Three Lions won 5-0 in Andorra on Saturday with a much-changed line-up as only Manchester City pair Phil Foden and John Stones retain their places.
Kane comes back in to lead the line, with Jordan Pickford in goal and Luke Shaw, Kyle Walker and Tyrone Mings recalled in defence.
Declan Rice, Jack Grealish, Raheem Sterling and Mason Mount also come in for the hosts.
Well… most of them with perhaps the exception of Kane.
This is an excellent opportunity for England to all but book a spot at next year’s World Cup though, as they take on Hungary at Wembley.
Win tonight and they will have no excuse not to reach the finals held next year as I welcome you to our live coverage of all this evening’s World Cup qualifying action.
Team news coming next… and it’s the return of the big hitters including skipper Harry Kane (below)
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