England head into the rescheduled Euro 2020 with a wealth of talent but plagued by injury issues and late cup finals.
Ahead of their first game on 13 June against Croatia – the same nation which knocked England out of the semi-finals in the 2018 World Cup – England arranged two friendlies.
They Three Lions battled to a narrow victory over Austria in the first, while the second sees them welcome Romania to Middlesbrough for a sold-out clash.
Ahead of the friendly, however, Gareth Southgate has a number of decisions to make, as injuries to key players complicate his options.
Harry Maguire and Jordan Henderson aren’t guaranteed to be fit for the first game of the tournament, let alone the friendlies.
Southgate admitted to being kept in the dark on Maguire’s condition, but spoke positively about Henderson’s recovery.
Southgate said: “He is firmly on track to be involved in those games and to be able to play in those games.”
Meanwhile, the game against Austria did not come without its casualties as Trent Alexander-Arnold suffered a thigh injury which ruled him out for six weeks, meaning he will play no part at the Euros.
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Southgate added: “I’ve always said my preference is to name the squad as a clean 26, like in Russia. But we’ve not got an ideal hand of cards this time.”
After naming a 33-man preliminary squad, Southgate had to cut seven players for his final selection earlier this week, before England faced Austria in their first friendly.
The Three Lions edged a cagey 1-0 victory at the Riverside thanks to Bukayo Saka’s winner early in the second half, and Southgate will be demanding a better performance from his side this time out.
Romania aren’t competing in the rearranged Euro 2020 competition, and arrive at the Riverside with a number of losses on the bounce.
England, in contrast, come into the match definite favourites ahead of a tournament they will be hoping to do well in.
Their first match in the tournament is against Croatia, a rematch of the 2018 World Cup semi-final tie which saw England knocked out.
What time is England vs Romania?
England vs Romania kicks-off at 5pm on Sunday 6 June.
What TV channel is it on?
The game will be shown live on ITV 1.
Fans can also tune in online via ITV Hub.