Pelted with plastic cups after goals, England weathered a hostile atmosphere to beat Hungary 4-0 in their World Cup qualifier, their first game back since losing the European Championship final.
The win moved Gareth Southgate’s men five points clear at the top of World Cup qualifying Group I.
Raheem Sterling put England ahead in the 55th minute, after a frustrating first half, slotting home a low pull-back from Mason Mount.
Sterling was the provider for England’s second eight minutes later, when his deflected cross was headed in by a stooping Harry Kane.
Harry Maguire made it 3-0 in the 69th minute with a header from a Luke Shaw corner and Declan Rice added the fourth with a shot from outside the box which got through the body of keeper Peter Gulacsi.
Hungary, already facing two games behind closed doors in UEFA competition after incidents at their national stadium during Euro 2020, could face sanctions from FIFA after fans threw objects at England players on two occasions.
British broadcaster ITV also said racist “monkey noises” were aimed at Sterling and England substitute Jude Bellingham from the hardcore “ultras” behind the goal.
“We weren’t really aware of it on the bench,” Southgate said.
“It sounds like there has been some incidents and everybody knows what we stand for as a team and that’s completely unacceptable.”
In Stockholm, Sweden recovered from a goal down to hand Spain their first World Cup qualifying defeat for 28 years with a shock 2-1 victory on Thursday.
Alexander Isak and Viktor Claesson produced sumptuous finishes to cancel out Carlos Soler’s early goal for the Euro 2020 semi-finalists and move Sweden top of Group B.
“It’s a shame, we went for the win, and probably in our best period of the game they scored their second goal,” Spain captain Sergio Busquets said.
“The group is a lot more complicated now and we don’t have things in our own hands.”
New Germany coach Hansi Flick got his reign off to a winning start as Timo Werner and Leroy Sane scored in a 2-0 win over Liechtenstein.
Former assistant Flick took over following Germany’s Euro 2020 exit after a 2-0 last-16 defeat by England and the departure of manager Joachim Loew.
The Germans are second in Group J on nine points after four games, one behind leaders Armenia.
Italy made it 35 games unbeaten to equal the European record run set by Spain but were ultimately disappointed as they were held to a frustrating 1-1 draw by Bulgaria in Group C.
In their first match since winning the European Championship in July, Federico Chiesa wasted no time in putting Italy ahead in the 16th minute.
However, Atanas Iliev struck an equaliser against the run of play five minutes before the break, the first goal Italy have conceded in their World Cup qualifying campaign to date.
Romelu Lukaku scored twice as Belgium overcame an early scare to crush Estonia 5-2 away in Group E.
Lukaku’s extended his scoring record to 66 goals in his 99th appearance for his country after Belgium were shocked when Estonia captain Matthias Kait scored in the second minute.
But FIFA’s top-ranked team fought back to move to 10 points from four group matches with goals from Hans Vanaken, Axel Witsel and substitute Thomas Foket, while Erik Sorga grabbed a consolation for the hosts.
Poland scored an emphatic 4-1 win over Albania to climb to second in Group I.