Jack Grealish impressed in both England's warm-up games

Credit: REUTERS

England concluded their Euro 2021 preparations with an underwhelming win over Romania at Middlesbrough’s Riverside Stadium in their final warm-up game.

Ian Whittell ran the rule over Gareth Southgate’s makeshift side. 

England (4–2-3-1)

Sam Johnstone 7

Debutant made a handful of routine stops and saved well late in the first half from Stanciu with his leg and from Ivan towards the end. Competent on the ball too.

Ben Godfrey 6

Versatile defender looked very good going forward, linking well with Sancho and even cutting in once to produce an off-target shot. Solid and made good decisions in defence.

Ben White 5

One of three players not even in Southgate’s final squad and battled well with Alibec but looked shaky when forwards ran at him and hardly dominant in clearing his area.

Tyrone Mings 6

Courted disaster inside the opening minute with a bad slip and hardly looked rock solid thereafter as the left side of England’s defence was exposed. A good late block from Cicaldau kept the lead.

Luke Shaw 6

Caught out of position in a shaky defensive start and Romania did enjoy some luck attacking down his flank. In attack, formed effective left-wing pairing with club mate Rashford.

James Ward-Prowse 8

Hoping to win a late call-up in place of Alexander-Arnold and produced some excellent corner deliveries plus superb free-kicks that Calvert-Lewin headed against the bar and volleyed at the keeper. 

Kalvin Phillips 6

Brilliant passes in first half to play in Sancho ending with shots on goal and his general passing was first-class. Composed and disciplined in filling in and covering his centre-halves also.

Jadon Sancho 8

Missed midweek through illness but showed why he is in contention for a start against Croatia with some great runs, amazing technical skill and a sublime curling shot that struck the bar.

Jadon Sancho did well and is vying for a start against Croatia

Credit: GETTY IMAGES

Jack Grealish 9

Given rough treatment, particularly by Chiriches, and showed his frustration. But his discipline was admirable and his footwork and skill a joy to watch. England’s most creative player.

Marcus Rashford 7

Named skipper – the youngest since Michael Owen 18 years ago – and looked sharp after his recent rest. Could have won a pen when stopped by Chiriches and later took his spot kick superbly

Dominic Calvert-Lewin 6

Thundering set-piece header hit the bar from way out but should have scored when he volleyed another Ward-Prowse free-kick at the keeper. Worked tirelessly as solo striker.

Substitutes: 

Jordan Henderson 6 (for Phillips, 45 mins)

First football since February and looked fit enough while picking up the pace of the game well. Bad penalty miss.

Declan Rice 6  (for Ward-Prowse, 65 mins)

Solid line of defence in front of his central defenders.

Jude Bellingham 7 (for Sancho, 65 mins)

Thrown on and instantly involved in the move that led to the first goal Almost headed in a second.

Kieran Trippier 6 (for Shaw, 75 mins)

Continues to do well as stand-in left-back.

Jesse Lingard 6 (for Rashford, 75 mins)

Hoping for a late call-up today but probably did not do enough.

Ollie Watkins 6 (for Calvert-Lewin, 81 mins)

Great cross with first touch almost set up goal for Bellingham.

Subs (not used): Pickford, Ramsdale, D Henderson, Coady, Kane.

Romania (4-1-4-1): Nita 8; Deian Cristian 7 (Capusa 65, 4), Nedelcearu 5 (Rus 83), Chiriches 6, Camora 6; Marin 7; Ivan 6, Stanciu 6, Cicaldu 7 (Budescu 79, 5), Păun 6 (Baluta 79, 5); Alibec 6 (Hagi 65, 6).

Substitutes: Vlad, Iacob, Ganea, Maxim, Morutan, Olaru.

Referee: T Martins (Portugal) 6