, England vs Romania, Euro 2021 warm-up friendly: live score and latest updates, Nzuchi Times

England vs Romania, Euro 2021 warm-up friendly: live score and latest updates

, England vs Romania, Euro 2021 warm-up friendly: live score and latest updates, Nzuchi Times

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4:11PM

A huge day for Marcus Rashford

4:02PM

No shortage of attacking talent on show from England!

Sancho, Rashford, Calvert-Lewin and Grealish all start with Ward-Prowse and Phillips sitting in central midfield.

Surely we will see some goals today…

3:56PM

Sam Johnstone makes his debut

Ben White and Ben Godfrey make full debuts too!

3:53PM

The team news is in!

3:48PM

Good afternoon, can England head into the Euros with a win?

England face Romania today in their final warm-up game before their tilt at the European Championship begins.

The Three Lions are again back at Middlesbrough’s Riverside Stadium having beaten Austria there on Wednesday evening.

Ahead of the game, here are some of the main talking points.

Standby battle

With Trent Alexander-Arnold ruled out of the finals after injuring his thigh against Austria a place has opened up in Southgate’s squad.

The players who failed to make the cut from the provisional 33-man pool are in contention to replace the Liverpool right-back, with the decision set to be announced after the Romania match.

That means defenders Ben White and Ben Godfrey, midfielders Jesse Lingard and James Ward-Prowse and striker Ollie Watkins will be hoping for a final chance to stake a claim to the place.

Minutes for Jordan Henderson?

Liverpool captain Jordan Henderson has not played since undergoing groin surgery in February but was included in Southgate’s squad.

The England boss was hoping to give the 30-year-old some minutes against Austria but ultimately decided against it, although he is not training with the group.

While it seems unlikely Henderson will be fit enough to be ready to start the Euro 2020 opener against Croatia, getting some football against Romania would at least ease some concerns.

Teenage Kicks

Jude Bellingham and Bukayo Saka are the two teenagers in Southgate’s squad and the pair were arguably the standout performers in the Austria win.

Saka scored his first England goal while Bellingham’s performance in his maiden senior start caught the eye.

The pair could feature again on Sunday with Bellingham, in particular, potentially playing his way into Southgate’s side at the Euros.

Shape of things to come

Southgate named a back four against Austria but it remains to be seen if that is how England will line-up in the tournament itself.

With Manchester United skipper Harry Maguire not expected to be recovered from an ankle injury in time to start the Euros, Southgate could revert to a three-man defence.

Whether he opts to trial the shape against Romania will go some way to giving a glimpse into his thinking.

PA

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