4′ England get settled on the ball, with the Manchester United players Shaw and Rashford exchanging passes. It’ll be interesting to see how the two Bens, White and Godfrey, fare. Southgate has said they’re still in with a chance of making it into his final Euros squad of 26 players.
2′ England, playing in blue here, get off to a nervous start as Romania force a corner off Mings. The ball reaches Romania’s striker Alibec whose shot from the right of the six-yard box fizzes wide of the top right corner.
England and Romania come out on the pitch in Middlesbrough, standing for their respective national anthems. The two teams take a knee. There’s applause but also still a smattering of boos, despite England recently urging support for the gesture.
England have a strange record against Romania, having won none of their last seven meetings. England last beat Romania at the 1970 World Cup, while Romania won these teams’ last meeting at Euro 2000 by a 3-2 margin, a game in which Southgate appeared as a substitute. All four of these nations’ previous meetings in England have ended in a draw. Is history about to repeat itself?
Southgate makes nine changes to England from their 1-0 win over Austria midweek, handing Johnstone, Godfrey, and White their full England debuts. Rashford, 23, becomes the youngest player to start a match as England captain since Michael Owen in 2003. There are six changes to Romania from their home defeat to Georgia. Sassuolo defender Chiriches, previously a Tottenham player, captains the side.
SUBS: Adrian Rus, Alexandru Maxim, Cristian Ganea, Ianis Hagi, Olimpiu Vasile Morutan, Florin Iacob, Darius Olaru, Alexandru Mihail Baluta, Constantin Budescu, Tiberiu Capusa, Andrei Vlad.
ROMANIA (4-3-3): Florin Nita; Deian Sorescu, Ionut Nedelcearu, Vlad Chiriches (c), Camora; Nicolae Stanciu, Razvan Marin, Alexandru Cicaldau; Andrei Ivan, Denis Alibec, Alexandru Paun. .
SUBS: Jordan Henderson, Dean Henderson, Jesse Lingard, Harry Kane, Declan Rice, Jordan Pickford, Kieran Trippier, Aaron Ramsdale, Ollie Watkins, Jude Bellingham, Conor Coady.
ENGLAND (4-3-3): Sam Johnstone; Ben Godfrey, Ben White, Tyrone Mings, Luke Shaw; Jack Grealish, Kalvin Phillips, James Ward-Prowse; Jadon Sancho, Dominic Calvert-Lewin, Marcus Rashford (c).
Romania won’t be at Euro 2020 and shouldn’t prove too much of a test for England, having shipped 17 goals in their last six away matches. However, England have historically struggled against the eastern Europeans. Mirel Radoi will be hoping his side can at least make England work for what should be a win in front of a home crowd.
England welcome Romania to Middlesbrough for their last preparation game before Euro 2020. The Three Lions haven’t lost their final match in the run-up to a major tournament since 1968. With England set to play their first group game against Croatia next weekend, this is the players’ last chance to impress their boss Gareth Southgate in a match setting.
Hello! Welcome to our live text commentary of this pre-Euro 2020 international friendly match between England and Romania at the Riverside Stadium, Middlesbrough.