The Three Lions fell to an embarrassing 4-0 defeat to Hungary on Monday night as goals from Roland Sallai , Zsolt Nagy and Daniel Gazdag sealed a historic win for Marco Rossi's side.
Following their latest defeat in the competition, England sit at the bottom of Group C with two points from four games, while Hungary have picked up two wins and a draw to go top ahead of Germany and Italy.
England win ratio by UK TV channel, 1938-2022— Adam Hurrey (@FootballCliches) June 14, 2022
Setanta Sports ——— 83.3% 🏆
Channel 5 ——— 75%
BBC/BBC 1 ——— 57%
ITV ——— 55.5%
Sky Sports ——— 50.7%
Eurosport ——— 50%
BBC 2 ——— 40%
U>Directsports TV ——— 0%
PPV ——— 0%
Channel 4 ——— 0%
It was another evening to forget for Gareth Southgate's side, but rather than point the finger at the players, some fans decided to blame the broadcaster and its "curse".
Back in April, Channel 4 announced that they had won the rights to broadcast England national team matches between 2022 and 2024, which includes Nations League, European Championship qualifiers and international friendlies.
But since the deal was confirmed, the Three Lions have yet to win a game in the Nations League – a fact some brought up after their latest loss.
Say what you like about the curse of ITV but Channel 4 have taken it to another level #England— Mike Botto (@bottomike) June 14, 2022
One fan on social media said: "I blame Channel 4. England haven’t won a game since these clowns have started showing the games," while another wrote: "Since England moved to Channel 4-0 they’ve not won a game."
A third commented: "I blame Channel 4. Since when did they have England games."
A fourth said: "Feel proper sorry for Channel 4. They get the England Nations League matches and are really excited about it and proud of themselves and then the matches are like this."
Channel 4: 'We're interested in broadcasting some of England's World Cup games...'— Paddy Power (@paddypower) June 14, 2022
The FA: pic.twitter.com/3bY2joDvYy
Nine of England’s last 21 goals have been from set pieces. Their only goal this month in four games was a penalty. Nearly seven hours without a goal in open play. Worst home defeat since 1928. Momentous night for Channel 4 #ENGvHUN— Ben Grounds (@Ben_Islington) June 14, 2022
"We picked a young team with energy and when the game started to go against them, it started to look that way. That's my responsibility in the end," he told Channel 4.
"I said to the players, our four matches is my responsibility. I have to balance looking at new players, rest players. We couldn't keep flogging out our experienced players.
"It was an important experience for lots of young players in these games. We've learned a lot in Germany and Italy games. Hungary are a good side and we knew that. I gave them too much to do tonight.
"I understand the reaction in the stadium, what I would say is that in these sets of fixtures, these players have been unbelievable for the country. They have to stay with them.
"Tonight was the sort of night that my predecessors have had. It's important to stand. I'm not going to say it doesn't hurt."
🗣️ "Football is emotional."— Sky Sports News (@SkySportsNews) June 15, 2022
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