Marcus Rashford’s penalty gave England a 1-0 win over Romania in the final warm-up friendly ahead of Euro 2020 at Middlesbrough on Sunday. However, again the fans cheered for Gareth Southgate’s men’s victory. Southgate’s selection will also be questioned, as they have named an experimental lineup with five players who are not part of their final squad to appear at some point in the game. However, there is still room to play in the 26-man Southgate squad due to an injury to Trent Alexander-Arnold.
James Ward-Prause, Ben Godfrey, and Ben White all had a chance to continue their case from the start, while Jesse Lingard and Ollie Watkins came off the bench in the second half. An inexperienced team could do without distracting many boons from the crowd at Riverside as they came to their knees before the match began.
Southgate insisted on Saturday that the Three Lions will continue to take action against racial injustice throughout Euro 2020, following similar scenes before Wednesday’s 1-0 win over Austria.
Ward-Prause did his best to justify a spot in the team with an active display in the middle of the field and the Southampton captain’s delivery of certain parts was also presented. Dominic Calvert-Lewin takes a free-kick into the crossbar and Jadon Sancho hits the post.
At the other end, Sam Johnstone made an impressive start in England as he made a clever save from Nicolae Stanciu to make sure the Southgate men didn’t see the break. Liverpool captain Jordan Henderson has recovered from a 106-day injury break after a 45-minute break, which is essential to his match fitness.
Jack Grealish was one of England’s constant threats, as the Romanians repeatedly resorted to dragging the Aston Villa man. However, that strategy was the only goal for Grealish when Tiberiu Capusa was caught offside.
Football player Rashford, who became the 125th man of the England captain, took the responsibility on the spot to send Florin Nita in the wrong direction. Johnstone then had to make a wonderful stop to earn his clean sheet, and back Andrei Ivan’s fierce effort.
Henderson took the captain’s armband from Rashford and took control of the penalty 12 minutes from the end, with the Manchester United striker being replaced by Lingard. Calvert-Lewin wanted the ball down after Vlad Chiriches, but Henderson took the ranks. However, he is still waiting to score his first international goal after 59 heads, as Nita saved his right hand well.
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