Countdown to Euro 2020: Daily briefing
Gareth Southgate finalised his 26-man squad for the tournament yesterday, with Trent Alexander-Arnold included as a fourth right-back, while Jesse Lingard, Aaron Ramsdale, Ben Godfrey, Ben White, James Ward-Prowse and Ollie Watkins were dropped. The six have continued to train with the England team, though, and will feature tonight. Mason Greenwood has returned to Manchester United due to an injury that rules him out of the tournament.
Harry Maguire is a doubt for England’s opener against Croatia and will be absent tonight, while the likes of Jordan Henderson and Jack Grealish will be hoping to prove their fitness after long-term injury lay-offs. The friendly should also offer chances to players currently outside of Southgate’s first XI after those involved in the Champions League final arrived late to the international camp. Austria will be relying on their talisman, David Alaba, who has joined Real Madrid from Bayern Munich this summer, however, the world No 23 ranked side should, in theory, not pose too many problems.
Follow all the action from Middlesbrough throughout the night live below:
READY TO GO
Looks like it is going to be a beautiful evening in Middlesbrough. Let’s hope the players can add to a glorious June night.
Dylan Terry2 June 2021 18:25
SUPPORT FOR SANCHO
Sancho and Kane feeling the love from the fans in the North East. Will the Dortmund forward join the Tottenham striker in starting the first group match next weekend?
Dylan Terry2 June 2021 18:17
Along with Jack Grealish, Jordan Henderson is another player who will be hoping to prove his fitness at the Riverside Stadium tonight.
The Liverpool midfielder has not played a single minute for Jurgen Klopp’s men since suffering an injury way back in February.
That means the games against Austria and Romania ahead of the tournament could be crucial in assessing whether or not Southgate has the trust in his physical level to start against Croatia next Sunday.
Dylan Terry2 June 2021 18:15
J-LINGZ GETTING READY WITH SOME JACKO
Jesse Lingard has been known to rev himself up with a little Michael Jackson dancing. Same tonight J-Lingz?
Dylan Terry2 June 2021 18:08
WHERE WILL TRIPPIER PLAY?
Kieran Trippier – who accompanied Gareth Southgate in the squad announcement press conference yesterday – will start tonight. However, we are not sure whether he will play at left-back or right-back.
If he ends up on the left, that could mean Trent Alexander-Arnold comes into the starting line-up on the other side. Alternatively, Trippier on the right will likely see Bukayo Saka on the left.
Dylan Terry2 June 2021 18:05
HIT THE PITCH JACK
May also be a big night for Aston Villa playmaker Jack Grealish. He has suffered fitness issues over the past few months due to a ‘loading injury’ in his shin. He has only played 90 minutes once since the middle of February.
That game did come on the final day against Chelsea, but he will want to prove he is fully match fit this evening.
Dylan Terry2 June 2021 17:55
If Harry Kane plays tonight, he will be looking to score his 35th international goal. He is currently sixth on the list of the Three Lions’ all-time top scorers.
- Wayne Rooney – 53
- Bobby Charlton – 49
- Gary Lineker – 48
- Jimmy Greaves – 44
- Michael Owen – 40
- Harry Kane – 34
Dylan Terry2 June 2021 17:45
The England players went straight to social media after being included in the final squad yesterday. And my excitement ramped up even further after reading what they had to say. Here are some of the highlights.
Dylan Terry2 June 2021 17:35
TIME FOR TRENT?
All the talk yesterday was about whether Trent Alexander-Arnold was going to be included in the final 26. He was! But now people will be asking if he will start the first game against Croatia. Could we get an insight into Southgate’s thinking this evening?
Dylan Terry2 June 2021 17:25
Forgot to exclude Jadon Sancho from those available earlier. He is suffering from what Gareth Southgate has described as a ‘minor throat problem’.
But Sancho’s 17-year-old teammate Jude Bellingham could feature for England as he looks to pick up his third cap.
Dylan Terry2 June 2021 17:22