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England vs Romania after 21 years since the Euro 2000 disappointment

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On Sunday, England hosts Romania at the Riverside Stadium for their final Euro 2020 warm-up match.

With a week until the Three Lions’ opening game of the tournament, an injury to Trent Alexander-Arnold ruined a rather unconvincing 1-0 win over Austria on Wednesday, reminding Gareth Southgate of the very real risk to his squad.

Nonetheless, Southgate is anticipated to select a team with greater experience, with an eye on Croatia.

The match between will take place on Sunday, June 6, 2021, at 5 p.m. BST.

Middlesbrough’s Riverside Stadium will host the match.


With a thigh injury, Trent Alexander-Arnold has been ruled out of Euro 2020, albeit a replacement will not be announced until after the game.

Harry Maguire is out, but Marcus Rashford, who only joined the group on Thursday, could play.


Prediction


Despite the fact that the two teams haven’t met in 21 years, the Three Lions have a dismal record against Romania. On Sunday, I expect Gareth Southgate to bring in more of his tournament regulars, which should transform their fortunes.

Romania has a terrible defence, so it should be only a matter of how many goals will score Kane and co.

Full squad

Goalkeepers: Dean Henderson, Sam Johnstone, Jordan Pickford

Defenders: Trent Alexander-Arnold*, Ben Chilwell, Conor Coady, Reece James, Harry Maguire, Tyrone Mings, Luke Shaw, John Stones, Kieran Trippier, Kyle Walker

Midfielders: Jude Bellingham, Jordan Henderson, Mason Mount, Kalvin Phillips, Declan Rice

Forwards: Dominic Calvert-Lewin, Phil Foden, Jack Grealish, Harry Kane, Marcus Rashford, Bukayo Saka, Jadon Sancho, Raheem Sterling

(* to be replaced after injury)

Head to head (h2h) history and results

Things have changed drastically in the past 20 years for Romanian football. At Euro 2000 they have knocked out England in a dramatic game but since World Cup 98 failed to qualify to a World Cup tournament and played only two times at Euro 2008 and 2016 with no big results from their side.

Since then Romania failed to have a good generation of football players while the Three Lions are the most expensive squad from Euro 2020 and has qualified to every final tournament in the past 20 years.

  • Wins: 2
  • Draws: 6
  • Losses: 3

Betting odds and tips

  • England: 2/9
  • Draw: 11/2
  • Romania: 10/1

Tickets

Tickets for the game are currently sold out.

Where can you watch the game?

The game will be live on ITV 1.

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