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Hungary v Ireland LIVE: Stream, TV channel, kick-off time and team news for TONIGHT’S Euro 2020 warm-up

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IRELAND may not be at the Euros this summer, but they will play at one of the biggest venues for the tournament.

Stephen Kenny’s side head to the Szusza Ferenc Stadion in Budapest for a friendly against Hungary.

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Ireland play Hungary at the Szusza Ferenc Stadion[/caption]

Here is all you need to know about the international friendly.


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When is Hungary vs Ireland and what time does it kick off?

  • Hungary face Ireland on Tuesday, June 8.
  • The match kicks off at 7pm UK time.
  • Hungary is an hour ahead of the UK so that will mean it kicks off at 8pm local time.
  • The clash takes place at Szusza Ferenc Stadion.

What TV channel is Hungary vs Ireland on and can I stream it?

  • Hungary vs Ireland is on Sky Sports Main Event and Sky Sports Football.
  • Coverage begins at 6.55pm on Sky Sports Football and at 6.55pm on Sky Sports Main Event.
  • To stream the game live, go to the Sky Go app.
  • Non-Sky Sports subscribers can still watch all the action with a Now TV Day Pass from £9.99.

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Stephen Kenny wants fledgling Republic of Ireland goalkeeper Gavin Bazunu to experience battle amid a hostile atmosphere as he attempts to steel him for September’s World Cup qualifiers.

The 19-year-old Manchester City keeper, who spent last season on loan at League One Rochdale, was handed a senior debut for his country in March’s World Cup qualifier against Luxembourg with number one Darren Randolph and Liverpool’s Caoimhin Kelleher injured, and has retained his place since.

However, asked if the uncapped Kelleher, 22, would get his chance in Tuesday night’s friendly against Hungary in front of a partisan crowd at the Szusza Ferenc Stadion in Budapest, Kenny admitted he had a big decision to make.

Bazunu is one of a series of young players to have been handed their chance by Kenny, 19-year-old Tottenham striker Troy Parrott also catching the eye with two goals against Andorra, and Egan admits they have dealt admirably with the pressure of the step up.

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Gareth Southgate tells England aces to make it another summer of love as he addresses nation in rousing Euro 2020 letter

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GARETH SOUTHGATE delivered a rousing message to England’s players and fans — as his Euros prep cranked up a gear.

The Three Lions boss united the nation on the march to the World Cup semi-final in 2018 and now he wants the power of sport to lift the country again.

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Gareth Southgate has issued a rallying cry to his England stars[/caption]

Southgate, whose team face Croatia in the Euro 2020 opener at Wembley on Sunday, recognised the nightmare 15 months of Covid-19 and wants his players to be part of a summer of love again.

He said: “There’s something I tell our players before every England game, and the reason that I repeat it is because I really believe it with all my heart.

“I tell them that when you go out there, in this shirt, you have the opportunity to produce moments that people will remember forever. You are a part of an experience that lasts in the collective consciousness of our country.

“We saw that during Russia 2018, with the street parties, the barbecues and with every drop of beer thrown into the air in celebration.

“When England play, it’s not a few thousand — or even a few million — watching on subscription. You are representing more than 50 million people.

“You remember where you were watching England games. And who you were watching with. And who you were at the time.

“I think about all the young kids who will be watching this summer, filling out their first wall charts.

“No matter what happens, I just hope that their parents, teachers and club managers will turn to them and say, ‘Look. That’s the way to represent your country. That’s what England is about. That is what’s possible’. If we can do that, it will be a summer to be proud of.

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Raheem Sterling smiled as he arrived at St George’s Park on Tuesday[/caption]

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Conor Coady was another entering the camp in high spirits[/caption]

“It has been an extremely difficult year. Everyone in this country has been directly affected by isolation and loss.

“But we have also seen countless examples of heroism and sacrifice. It’s given us all a new understanding of the fragility of life and what really matters.”

Southgate was writing in an open letter to fans in The Players’ Tribune.

And he joked at home, the family dogs are considered more important than him.

He said: “Every game, no matter the opposition, has the potential to create a lifelong memory for an England fan somewhere.

“Like with our own memories of watching England, everyone has a different idea of what it actually means to be English. What pride means.

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“What is sometimes forgotten is just how much it means to the players.

“Players are fans too, after all. That’s how it starts. It starts with kids sitting in front of TVs, with wall charts and heroes.

“This idea that some players don’t know what it means to play for England — or don’t care — has become something of a false narrative.

“I know my voice carries weight, not because of who I am but because of the position that I hold.

“At home, I’m below the kids and the dogs in the pecking order but publicly I am the England men’s football team manager. I have a responsibility to the wider community to use my voice, and so do the players.

“It’s their duty to continue to interact with the public on matters such as equality, inclusivity and racial injustice, while using the power of their voices to help put debates on the table, raise awareness and educate.”

Southgate presented England’s 26-man squad with their own legacy caps at a special ceremony at St George’s Park.

From September 2021, all senior debutants will receive a red velvet cap with their legacy number embroidered on the front.

Southgate has his own number – 1,071 – while England’s current squad spans from longest-serving international Jordan Henderson – 1,170 – to Sam Johnstone – 1,262.

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Raheem Sterling eyeing Euro 2020 glory in happy England camp after Champions League misery with Man City

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ENGLAND ace Raheem Sterling is going into the Euros with a smile on his face despite Manchester City’s Champions League defeat.

The forward claims he has put the loss to Chelsea in Porto behind him and is excited ahead of Sunday’s opener against Croatia at Wembley.

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Raheem Sterling can’t wait to get the Euros underway[/caption]

And Sterling, England’s most capped player with 61 appearances, believes the team must deliver during the tournament.

He said: “Honestly, I can’t wait. I actually can’t wait. It’s been a long season but I’m here with England now.

“It’s been a good season with Man City, we’ve won some trophies. I am disappointed that we didn’t get the Champions League.

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“I’m playing at Wembley, the team’s playing at Wembley.

“For me, this is what dreams are made of and I’m just going into this with a lovely mindset.

“I’m feeling good. It’s all about mentality, really. You can play a lot of games but if mentally you’re not happy, if mentally you’re a bit down, the tournament can be physically demanding.

“But if you’re happy and you’re raring to go, then that’s the most important thing.

“It’s where your head’s at, your mind space. Right now my mindset here is to just smile and be happy.”

The squad are based at St George’s Park in Staffordshire, where there is a Hilton hotel on site.

England’s players have a cinema room, pool, darts and a basketball hoop in the reception area.

Speaking to talkSPORT, Sterling said: “There’s a lovely smell. The smell from the reception to the rooms was lovely.

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Raheem Sterling is ready to put his Champions League heartache behind him[/caption]

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Sterling has spoken of the positivity inside the England camp[/caption]

“Normally when you come with England you’re travelling, you’re on a plane, you go somewhere.

“It’s moody, you get to a hotel, the hotel’s moody. You’re there, you’ve got football to play, you enjoy your football, you get back to the hotel. It’s boring.

“Coming here, somewhere you’ve been for many years. You know everything about the place and it’s just nice to be on home soil for once and breathing some great British air and the weather’s nice outside. And I can’t stop smiling!”

England manager Gareth Southgate has addressed the 26-man squad rather than stage separate talks with the players.

Sterling said: “He spoke to us as a collective and just made us understand how much of a family we are.

“At the same time, how lucky and proud we should be that we’re representing England, like many players before us.

“With the players we’ve got, of course, the most important thing is trying to qualify out of the group but we want to be challenging.

“We want to get to the final. That’s the whole reason why the FA and everyone has set up that beautiful building over there, somewhere as comfortable as possible.

“We have to be challenging. It’s as simple as that.”

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Kallum Watkins’ injury-defying effort for Salford revealed as bravery is saluted

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KALLUM Watkins played 40 minutes of rugby league with a ruptured knee ligament, Salford coach Richard Marshall has revealed.

And his bravery in making a frank admission that he once contemplated taking his own life is a mark of the man.

Kallum Watkins played 40 minutes against Warrington with a ruptured knee ligament
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The former England centre faces up to three months out after suffering the problem in the Red Devils’ last game against Warrington.

But boss Marshall revealed how the 30-year-old played through the pain for a full half of action.

He said: “Kallum played on with a ruptured medial ligament, which is ridiculous. What a tough competitor he is to play for 40 minutes with no medial ligament.

“That’s getting repaired but what a warrior for us Kallum is.

“Gareth Widdop made a tackle and Kallum just got his knee in the wrong place. These things happen in a game but he played on and was at the top of our stats against Warrington.”

Watkins has revealed he once considered taking his own life
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Watkins himself admitted he considered ending his life in 2019 after a particularly poor game for Leeds as he battles depression.

He told the Out Of Your League podcast: “We played at home against Wakefield, I played against Bill Tupou and I missed about seven tackles. He ran over the top of me and I had the worst game ever.

“My head was gone after it and that weekend I planned my suicide. I thought, ‘This is it for me.’

“I just felt there was nothing left for me really. I got to the point where I was planning and it was going to be in my own home.

“I didn’t think I had anything left to offer, everything I was doing was wrong. I was so hard on myself and on top of that I wasn’t playing well either.

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“But looking back, my kids really got involved with me that weekend, so it made me realise, ‘I can’t do that.’

“I looked at myself and thought, ‘I’m never going to be in that situation ever again where I’m going to think about ending my life.’

“Those kids there wouldn’t be with their dad if I did that.”

Watkins’ fortitude in making his admission received praise from Marshall, who added: “That’s the mark of the man. He’s a fantastic ambassador for our sport.”

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