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Grealish’s old-fashioned moment lifts England beyond Romania with sparkling debut


England racked up two of their two wins ahead of Euro 2020 after Jack Grealish and several Gareth Southgate players proved Romania could not afford it.

With England In pursuit of his first win over Romania in the last eight attempts, Gareth Southgate has made nine alterations at Riverside Stadium. Tyrone Mings and Jack Grealish were the only players to hold their starting position since Wednesday’s win over Austria. England captain Marcus Rashford made his debut as Sam Johnston made his international debut.

In the final warm-up match before Euro 2020, the Three Lions sought to enter the competition on the back of a morale booster win.

Any hopes of a quick start quickly faded, as the first 15 minutes yielded little in the way of goal at both ends.

Usually very deadly from set pieces, James Ward-Prowse saw a pair of corners that cleared easily. The hosts’ early frustrations were summed up perfectly when Jack Grealish blasted off with a speculative effort from distance.

England gradually began to take its steps as the half progressed, and began to overcome the problems of the back line in Romania with its active press.

Marcus Rashford was almost the benefactor on one occasion after he seized the wrong pass. The Man United striker fell inside the area after a confrontation, but was denied the penalty kick he had longed for.

Johnston had enjoyed a quiet afternoon between the sticks so far, but was safe when asked to save Adrian Prianun’s ball from the edge of the area.

With half limping, England sped up in gear and shocked the woodwork on two occasions.

Dominic Calvert-Lewin soared high above his mark, and Dominic Calvert-Lewin’s header crashed off the crossbar at the earliest opportunity.

Moments later, the impressive Grealish sprinted and heeled Jadon Sancho who curled the ball over the crossbar with the goalkeeper being hit again. However, scores remained at a 0-0 stalemate as the first half approached.

England took the lead after the first half and came close to taking the lead. Another dangerous free kick from Ward Prowse found Everton duo Calvert Lewin and Ben Godfrey at the far post. But neither can provide the clinical touch for the ball that falls into Florin Netta’s hands.

Calvert-Lewin was heavily involved in the final third, and nearly became Rashford’s supplier.

Rashford sent a masterful header around the corner to run away, but after cutting half the length of the field with the ball, he disappointed.

England finally found the breakthrough from the penalty spot when Grealish’s bluff led to a foul by substitute Tiberio Kubo with his first action of the match.

Rashford took charge in Kane’s absence and fired softly into the bottom corner to put England ahead.

The lead almost gave up but for a last heroic pair of ditch to block certain targets.

Tyrone Mings first saved a shot from close range before Johnston made a massive save to deny the rebound effort.

Substitute Jordan Henderson then missed a glorious opportunity to double England’s lead with a penalty after Calvert Lewin scored the second penalty kick of the match. The Liverpool captain’s shot was powerful but it was a good height for the goalkeeper to beat away.

This defeat would not go on for England to lose because they eventually ended up winning 1-0.



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