Harry Kane-led England will lock horns against Romania in their warm-up match for Euro 2020 after edging past Franco Foda’s Austria 1-0 yesterday.
The Englishman will be brimming with confidence before the Romania showdown. They clinched a narrow win over Austria in the last encounter, courtesy of Arsenal’s talented young attacker Bukayo Saka.
The young superstar was the sole scorer for Gareth Southgate’s England.
On the flip side, apart from being underdogs, Romania have been performing well below par lately. In their last friendly, the side suffered a 2-1 loss to Georgia at the Ilie Oana Stadium.
Two second-half goals from Georges Mikautadze and Giorgi Aburjania apiece were enough for Georgia to bag a victory.
Universitatea Craiova forward Andrei Ivan found back of the net once, but that wasn’t enough to take Romania home as their form slump continues.
Romania last came out as a winner when they faced England in 2000. The team won 3-2 as defender Cristian Chivu, and strikers Viorel Moldovan and Ioan Ganea scored a goal each to seal the win for Romania.
Both countries have faced each a total of 11 times in the international arena.
While England have won twice, Romando have the high ground with three wins. The other six ended in a draw.
When is England vs Romania?
England will host Romania on June 6.
Where can I watch Euro 2020 live?
It is wise to get a subscription after a free trial for ESPN or ABC prior to Euro 2020 because they will broadcast all matches of the tournament.
Fans in Australia can catch the live action on Optus Sports after paying AU$15 in monthly charges.
Where will England play Romania?
The Riverside Stadium in Middlesbrough will host England vs Romania on Sunday.
Probable playing XI
Dean Henderson, Kieran Trippier, Conor Coady, John Stones, Luke Shaw, Kalvin Phillips, Jude Bellingham, Jadon Sancho, Jack Grealish, Bukayo Saka, Dominic Calvert-Lewin.
Florin Nita, Deian Sorescu, Vlad Chiriches, Ionut Nedelcearu, Cristian Ganea, Constantin Budescu, Razvan Marin, Alexandru Maxim, Ianis Hagi, Claudiu Keseru, Nicolae Stanciu.
With such a match-winning squad by their side, Gareth Southgate’s men are firm favourites to win another friendly.
Injury to Liverpool’s Trent Alexander-Arnold has forced Southgate to look for other options but that shouldn’t be too much trouble for the England manager considering the depth in their squad.
The Liverpool man has been ruled out of action for four to six weeks after suffering a thigh tear. The Reds’ supporters were ecstatic to see his inclusion in the England squad, but it feels like the young sensation will have to sit back for a while.
As for the Romania showdown, the visitors are clear underdogs coming into this game. Forward Ianis Hagi has been impressive in the Scottish Premiership with decent outings for Young Rangers. Nicolae Stanciu and Razvan Marin also seem to be in fine form.