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England vs Romania live stream, predictions & team news | International friendly

By Chris Smith

England vs Romania live stream, predictions & team news | International friendly

Published: 12:46, 4 June 2021

England’s Euro 2020 preparations come to an end when they host Romania in a friendly on Sunday at 5pm (UK time).

The Three Lions kick-off their European Championships campaign just a week following this fixture, which will serve as Gareth Southgate’s final chance to evaluate his squad.

How to live stream England vs Romania online:

  • UK: ITV Hub
  • Germany: DAZN

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Where to watch England vs Romania on TV:

  • UK: ITV1

Scoreline prediction: England 3-0 Romania

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England vs Romania build-up, previous line-ups & injury news:

Though England beat Austria in part one of this friendly double-header, Southgate was arguably left with more questions than answers. Trent Alexander-Arnold limped off with a muscle injury, while the Three Lions often struggled to break down a stubborn Austrian defence, failing to find the incisiveness or change of tempo that will serve them well later this month.

Romania will head to the Riverside Stadium with a similar gameplan, though they do so on a run of three consecutive defeats. Mirel Rădoi’s side most recently fell to 2-1 to Georgia on Wednesday and while Southgate will no doubt show the opposition respect, he will expect England to play with much more freedom, with more goals at the top of the menu.

  • England (vs Austria): Pickford; Alexander-Arnold*, Coady, Mings, Trippier; Bellingham, Rice; Lingard, Grealish*, Saka; Kane.
  • Romania (vs Georgia): Vlad; Sorescu, Chiriches, Nedelcearu, Ganea; Olaru, Marin, Maxim; Hagi, Alibec, Tanase.

Alexander-Arnold is out for four to six weeks with a torn quad muscle, meaning he’ll miss the European Championships. Jack Grealish was substituted against Austria as a precaution due to a shin injury and may not be risked here. Harry Maguire is out, but the likes of Jadon Sancho and Jordan Henderson could get some valuable minutes.

Florin Tanase is suspended after his red card during Romania’s defeat to Georgia last time out.

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Player to watch: Jadon Sancho

Jadon Sancho heads into his first international tournament this summer off the back of another fine campaign at club level with Borussia Dortmund. The 21-year-old forward notched an impressive 10 goals and 14 assists in 32 appearances across Bundesliga and Champions League play last season, while he also grabbed six goals and five assists in six games as Dortmund won the DFB-Pokal.

If deployed on the right, Sancho uses his pace to tear past full-backs toward the byline before delivering accurate crosses and cut-backs into the box. If he lines up on the left, he can cut inside and fire shots on goal in the blink of an eye, with opposition defenders afforded little time to react.

Though not 100% guaranteed to start at the Euros, Sancho is arguably the only player who can offer such varied threats on both flanks. He’ll look to make his case to Southgate against Romania this weekend.

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