MIDDLEsbrough, UK, 2 June 2021 (AFP) – England begin their preparation for the Euro Cup (which will be played from June 11 to July 11) after beating Austria 1-0 in a friendly in Middlesbrough this Wednesday. .
After clearly dominating the first half hour of the game, Gareth Southgate’s men had to wait nearly an hour of play to score in a counterattack through Bukayo Saka (1-0, on 57 minutes).
With ankle injuries Harry Maguire and Jordan Henderson, who are still out of shape, the English coach has selected a team that will definitely not be picked to start Euro, runners-up World Cup Croatia at Wembley on 13 June. .
The lineup of Jesse Lingard, who did not make the list of 26 players in the Euro Cup but was called to play with the national team in the previous friendly, is proof of this.
Southgate also spared Chelsea and Manchester City players who played in the Champions League final on Saturday.
Shaq (age 19) was the one who turned the net and Harry Kane took the risk, mainly in a one-on-one with the goalkeeper, but didn’t take the chance in the first half.
The best chance for Austria came through Marcel Sabteijer, who sent the ball into the crossbar in the 64th minute. Michael Gregorish, with a cable, was also almost tied up.
– Alexander-Arnold hurts and worries – The bad news for the English is that Trent Alexander-Arnold could miss Euro-2020 after suffering a thigh injury on Wednesday.
Liverpool had a limp at the end of the second half after suffering an injury while pushing the ball away.
The 22-year-old was shaken after receiving an assist at Riverside Stadium.
Southgate admitted that he is looking forward to the test in the next 24 hours as he worries about the prospect of Alexander-Arnold bowing out of the tournament.
“We’re going to investigate it. It’s clearly not a good sign to see it,” Southgate said.
“We have to evaluate it. I think it’s the thigh, but the medical team is evaluating it. We’ll know more in 24 to 48 hours.”
England will face Croatia, Scotland and the Czech Republic in Euro Cup Group D, while Austria will face the Netherlands, Ukraine and North Macedonia in Group C.