Group information and stats forward of the worldwide pleasant between England and Austria at Wembley on Wednesday (kick-off 8pm).
It’s full steam forward for England now after Gareth Southgate named his 26-man squad for the European Championships.
Although Jesse Lingard is amongst those that is not going to characteristic on the event, Southgate has confirmed that the Manchester United man, on mortgage at West Ham final season, will play an element.
“We have nonetheless received two matches to play which they are going to be concerned in and if we decide up accidents that group of gamers are those who’re on standby,” mentioned Southgate on Tuesday, including that Lingard was prone to begin in opposition to Austria.
Together with Lingard, the omitted James Ward-Prowse and Ollie Watkins got the choice to return residence, however have opted to stick with the camp.
On account of their involvement in Saturday’s Champions League last, Chelsea and Manchester Metropolis gamers Ben Chilwell, Reece James, John Stones, Kyle Walker, Mason Mount, Phil Foden and Raheem Sterling will not characteristic.
Manchester United gamers Luke Shaw and Marcus Rashford are additionally unlikely to start out having performed within the Europa League last final Wednesday, whereas Harry Maguire, racing to be match for the event alongside Jordan Henderson, continues to be lacking along with his ankle ligament harm.
Austria must do with out winger Valentino Lazaro after failing to safe permission for him to journey with out the specter of quarantine.
Lazaro had visited Dubai on the finish of final month earlier than heading to Austria to affix up with the nationwide group for his or her pre-Euro 2020 coaching camp in Dangerous Tatzmannsdorf.
“The 25-year-old must go into quarantine for a number of days when coming into England on account of a keep overseas for coaching functions within the run-up to the group camp,” mentioned an announcement from the Austrian soccer federation (OFB) on Tuesday.
Lazaro, who spent the latest seasons on mortgage at Newcastle United and Borussia Monchengladbach from Inter Milan, went to Dubai for coaching periods with shut pal and Belgium striker Romelu Lukaku.
“At the moment, the participant was knowledgeable that journey wouldn’t lead to any restrictions for an expert entry to England,” the OFB added.
“In view of the remoted journey exercise and the close-knit testing of the nationwide group, the OFB tried to acquire a particular allow, however this was not granted.”
The United Arab Emirates has been on the UK’s COVID-19 crimson checklist for journey since mid-January, requiring a compulsory resort quarantine for anybody arriving from the UAE, or who has not too long ago visited there.
Lazaro joins the injured Marko Arnautovic and Karim Onisiwo on the checklist of these unavailable for Wednesday’s sport in Middlesbrough.
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Will Harry Kane’s future be a distraction?
England captain Harry Kane heads into the sport with ongoing uncertainty about his Tottenham future.
Ought to the 27-year-old characteristic in opposition to Austria will probably be the primary time we’ve got seen him on a soccer pitch since final month’s reviews that he needs to go away Spurs this summer time.
The continued hypothesis may very well be a trigger for concern for Southgate, who will want his talisman and 2018 World Cup Golden Boot-winner firing on all cylinders heading into Euro 2020.
Pleasure as followers return
Middlesbrough’s Riverside Stadium would be the setting because the Three Lions play two warm-up video games in opposition to Austria and Romania (June 6).
Capability has been capped at 25 per cent, on account of ongoing coronavirus restrictions, so greater than 8,000 followers might be allowed to attend every match, which is able to certainly show an enormous increase for gamers following nearly a season of silence in empty stadia within the Premier League.
England will play all three of their group video games at Wembley, with one of many semi-finals and the ultimate additionally scheduled to be performed on the nationwide stadium, so the groundswell of help Gareth Southgate’s aspect will obtain as one of many host nations might show an enormous issue within the event itself.
- England are set to face Austria for the primary time since November 2007, a 1-0 pleasant win with a objective from Peter Crouch in Vienna.
- Austria final visited England for an away match again in October 2005 in a World Cup qualifier, shedding 1-0 at Previous Trafford due to a Frank Lampard penalty.
- England’s final defeat to Austria got here again in June 1979, shedding 4-3 in Vienna in a pleasant beneath Ron Greenwood. On residence soil, England’s solely defeat in six earlier conferences got here in October 1965 at Wembley, shedding 3-2.
- England have received their final six pleasant matches, scoring 14 objectives and conceding simply as soon as. They final received seven friendlies in a row between June 1985 and Could 1986 beneath Sir Bobby Robson.
- Austria have received eight of their final 10 pleasant matches (L2), scoring a minimum of twice in seven of these eight wins.
- That is solely England’s second ever match on the Riverside Stadium in Middlesbrough, after their 2-1 win over Slovakia in June 2003, coming from behind to win with a brace from Michael Owen. Present supervisor Gareth Southgate – then of Middlesbrough – performed the complete 90 minutes for the Three Lions that day.
- England striker Dominic Calvert-Lewin has scored 4 objectives in seven appearances up to now, together with in each pleasant video games in opposition to Wales and Republic of Eire. Calvert-Lewin is averaging a objective each 73 minutes in his English profession, the perfect ratio of any participant to play a minimum of 5 video games for the Three Lions because the Second World Battle.