As warm-up friendlies go, England’s 1-Zero victory over Austria was about as good because it will get – proper till the tip when Trent Alexander-Arnold limped off and the defence fell aside.
Lacking quite a few key gamers after the home European finals final week, Bukayo Saka’s objective ensured what was virtually a reasonably routine victory for the Three Lions on the Riverside Stadium.
Nonetheless, Alexander-Arnold hobbled off proper on the finish to provide Gareth Southgate a serious harm concern forward of the Euros.
Up till then, it was a match which neither despatched expectations by the roof nor provoked wild criticism of Southgate’s males forward of a serious match.
Nonethless, there have been loads of ideas for England followers to take house from Middlesbrough…
Selecting 4 right-backs may’ve been sensible in any case
Alexander-Arnold, after all of the fuss over his inclusion, was in a good quantity of discomfort and mainly needed to be carried down the tunnel.
The Three Lions will hope it’s nothing severe, particularly given fellow defender Harry Maguire may not but be match to play in the beginning of the match.
If there’s one space England can deal with an harm, it’s at right-back, given Southgate additionally included Reece James, Kyle Walker and Kieran Trippier in his 26-man squad.
However it’s not what anybody needed to see.
Jesse Lingard may but make the squad
Many anticipated Lingard to make the squad over Alexander-Arnold – and which may but be the case.
Whereas the severity of the right-back’s harm is but to be confirmed, Southgate is ready to change him if wanted earlier than the match begins.
Regardless of being lower from the provisional squad, Lingard began in opposition to Austria and was certainly one of England’s brighter gamers.
With three right-backs already within the squad, his probabilities of that includes on the match simply improved.
Jack Grealish has to play
The Aston Villa captain goes to earn a whole lot of fouls this summer season as Austria, like most Premier League golf equipment, resorted to kicking him as a way to cease him.
That’s a therapy reserved just for the world’s most proficient footballers, and on a reasonably boring evening, his mercurial skill nonetheless shone by.
Southgate could have some powerful selections to make when the likes of Mason Mount, Phil Foden, Marcus Rashford, Raheem Sterling and Jadon Sancho can be found.
Saka’s tap-in most likely wasn’t sufficient for him to pressure a approach in, however Grealish’s general efficiency may’ve been.
Jude Bellingham is class however England miss midfield creativity
That mentioned, England actually missed Mount and Foden.
Perhaps it was simply the sluggish, cautious tempo of a warm-up match, however the absence of their artistic drive was evident.
Nonetheless, with Jordan Henderson and Kalvin Phillips each battling accidents, Jude Bellingham confirmed he may simply star of their place with an assured show.
Southgate gained’t change most well-liked defence
With out the likes of Ben Chilwell, Maguire, John Stones and Kyle Walker, England had been trying fairly strong on the again till the tip of the sport.
A makeshift again 4, led by Conor Coady and Tyrone Mings earlier than the likes of Ben White and Ben Godfrey had been rotated in, stored a clear sheet in any case.
However a late surge of panic resulted in numerous Austrian strain – and in the long run, England had been fortunate to not concede.
Not solely will Southgate look ahead to the return of his most well-liked choices in defence, he might also wish to rethink his again 4 and take into consideration going to a 5 once more.