England kick off their build up to Euro 2020 with a friendly against Austria at the Riverside Stadium on Wednesday (8pm kick-off).
The Three Lions have two friendlies ahead of their Euro 2020 opener against Croatia on June 13, facing Austria and then Romania.
How to live stream England vs Austria online:
- UK: ITV Hub
- Germany: DAZN
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Where to watch England vs Austria on TV:
- UK: ITV1
- US: N/A
Scoreline prediction: England 2-1 Austria
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England vs Austria build-up, previous line-ups & injury news:
Three years on from the enjoyment of the 2018 World Cup, England are preparing for their second major tournament under Gareth Southgate with dreams of reaching, and winning, the Euro 2020 final at Wembley. The Three Lions are currently second-favourites to win Euro 2020 and are perfect in 2021 so far, having won all three of their World Cup qualifying games in March. San Marino, Albania and Poland were dispatched with relative ease as England bounced back from a poor Nations League campaign at the end of last year. The question now is, whether England can claim glory this summer.
Looking to rain on any potential England parade before it’s even begun will be an Austrian side looking to build their own momentum ahead of this summer’s tournament. Franco Foda’s men have been drawn into an interesting group for Euro 2020, alongside Netherlands, Ukraine and North Macedonia, and may hope to reach the knockout rounds with a third-placed finish at the very least. But they haven’t had the best of starts to 2021, drawing with Scotland, beating Faroe Islands and losing 4-0 to Denmark in their March World Cup qualifiers.
- England (vs Poland): Pope*; Walker*, Stones*, Maguire*, Chilwell*; Phillips, Rice, Mount*; Foden*, Kane, Sterling*.
- Austria (vs Denmark): A Schlager; Lainer, Trauner, Dragovic, Ulmer; X Schlager, Ilsanker*; Baumgartner, Sabitzer, Alaba; Kalajdzic.
England are expected to be without the Champions League final participants from Chelsea and Man City, with Gareth Southgate due to give them a rest after Saturday’s game. Harry Maguire is also an injury doubt, while Nick Pope has lost his place in the England squad due to injury. Gernot Trauner has not been called up for Austria, while Marko Arnautovic is injured and Stefan Ilsanker is a doubt through illness.
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Players to watch:
- England: With so many players missing, Wednesday’s game is a chance for some of the fringe members of the squad to stake their claim ahead of Euro 2020. One of those players is Jack Grealish, who will be tipped to play a key role with the likes of Mount and Foden absent. Although it may sound weird to call Grealish a fringe player, due to his quality, he is exactly that as Mount and Foden thrived at club level while the Aston Villa man suffered due to injury – losing what many thought would be a guaranteed place in the England XI. Grealish ended the 2020/21 Premier League campaign with six goals and 10 assists and though he did not create in his final few matches post-injury, there were signs of the Villa man hitting high levels.
- Austria: With a key part of England’s defence absent, Austria may feel they can cause the Three Lions problems and in Sasa Kalajdzic they have a man in form. The 23-year-old ended the 2020/21 Bundesliga season as Stuttgart’s top scorer, netting 16 times in 33 games – with only five players managing more in the division (including Robert Lewandowski, Erling Haaland and Andre Silva). Kalajdzic has a similarly good record for Austria, scoring three of their five goals this year, including both in a 2-2 draw with Scotland. With Arnautovic injured, Kalajdzic will lead the line once again and now is the chance for him to prove he should be starting at Euro 2020.
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