By News Team
4th June 2021
After victory against Austria, England’s countdown to Euro 2020 continues with their final warm-up game against Romania on Sunday.
With Gareth Southgate’s squad having one more game to impress before getting down to the real business, we preview the clash here and take a look at the latest odds.
Heading into the Euros with a winning feeling?
This looks a straightforward task for Gareth Southgate’s side before they make their way into the first fixture of the European Championship against Croatia just a week later. It will be important for the home side to secure a victory against Romania at the Riverside Stadium if they want to head into the tournament on the back of some momentum and a six-game winning streak.
Equally important will be the confidence and freedom England play with, as when facing Austria on Wednesday night they didn’t look a truly convincing side, albeit with a weakened squad available. Southgate had decided to offer those players involved in the Europa League and Champions League finals a rest, which meant something of an experimental team were on display against Austria.
Against Romania, however, we can expect to see a more secure and strengthened line-up with it being the Three Lions’ final preparation game. Southgate will hope to iron out some kinks in the process of the fixture and extend England’s winning streak in friendlies to eight, which would overtake Bobby Robson’s record in the 1980s.
Trent Alexander-Arnold’s selection in the England squad was a key talking point this week and the sight of him walking gingerly off the pitch against Austria will be a headache for Southgate. Concern can be warranted given how good he looked on the night but with four right-backs included in the squad, it shouldn’t prove too much of a crisis.
Three Lions backed for comfortable victory
England, unsurprisingly, are the odds-on favourites for the Romania fixture and can be backed at 2/9, while Romania head into the game the heavy underdogs at 11/1. Would you like to work out your potential winnings? Try our online betting calculator.
It’s interesting to note that Harry Kane is 4/7 to score anytime and given his prolific goal-scoring record for England he will want to personally head into the tournament with a goal or two behind him as he goes in search of the Golden Boot at the Euros. If he can secure that award, he will become only the fourth player to secure a Golden Boot at a World Cup and European Championship.
Another player to score anytime that is worth mentioning is Jack Grealish, who can be backed at 6/4. Despite having never scored for England, he showed that he was coming back to full fitness against Austria, and it would be no surprise to see him break his duck in this fixture before going on to play a key role at Euro 2020.
Romania were beaten by Georgia in Wednesday’s fixture where they conceded twice, and it’ll be unlikely that they will be up to stopping England with their wealth of attacking options. Therefore, a market that is of interest is the England to win and 3 or more goals in the match which is priced at 3/4 and given that players will also be fighting for selection in the first game against Croatia, impressions will want to be made.