Middlesbrough, UK, June 6, 2021 (AFP) – Before facing Croatia on their first appearance on June 13, England ended their preparations for the European Cup (which will take place from June 11 to July 11) with a timid victory over Romania (1-0). ). ) in a friendly match played on Sunday in Middlesbrough.
The Three Lions dominated the match, but had to wait more than an hour to open the score to the Romanians who failed to qualify for the European Championship.
Manchester United striker Marcus Rashford gave England the victory with a penalty kick in the 68th minute after a mistake by Jack Grealish.
As happened in the match against Austria, England manager, Gareth Southgate, chose a replacement team and saved many of his stars such as Raheem Sterling, Harry Kane, Phil Foden and Mason Mount, among others.
The reserves turned out to be the most dangerous. Everton striker Dominic Calvert-Lewin, who created many chances, such as a header hitting the crossbar in the first half, and Southampton midfielder James Ward-Prowse, who showed the quality of his free kicks, were the most outstanding.
Liverpool captain Jordan Henderson, who returned to the pitch after being injured in February, missed his chance to score again after missing a penalty.
England, which was among the favorites for the European Cup, is having problems developing its playing style, but it did little to achieve this second victory without conceding a net in friendly matches, after its victory over Austria (1-0) on Wednesday.
After making his debut against Croatia on June 13, Gareth Southgate’s side will face Scotland and the Czech Republic, two other Group D opponents.
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