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  Sunday, 6 June 2021
A BT pre-European Championship Finals warm-up match

England 1 Romania 0 [0-0]

The Riverside Stadium, Middlehaven, Middlesbrough, North Yorkshire
Kick-off (BST): 5.00pm
Attendance: 7,000

Jack Grealish kicked off after 'taking the knee'  95 minutes 46:02 & 48:05  
[0-0] Dominic Calvert Lewin heads onto bar 31:19
[0-0] Jadon Sancho strikes hot onto bar 37:28
[1-0]Marcus Rashford penalty 68 67:36
 calmly placed right-footed penalty low to Niţă's left.
(Căpuşă fouled Grealish 66:19, awarded 66:21)
[1-0]Jordan Henderson penalty saved 78 77:38
 powerful right-footed penalty to Niţă's right is saved
(Chiricheș fouled Calvert-Lewin 76:48; awarded 76:50).
  Andrei Ivan 58 57:19
Commentator: Sam Matterface with Lee Dixon


Officials from Portugal England Squad


Romania Squad

Referee (neon pink)
Tiago Bruno Lopes Martins
41 (29 May 1980), Oeires, FIFA-listed 2015
19 Goal Attempts 14
7 Attempts on Target 4
Assistant Referees 2 Hit Bar/Post 0
Luís André Ferreira Pinto Campos
42/43 (1978)
Pedro Almeida 4 Corner Kicks Won 2
Fourth official
Emmanuel Carvalho Nobre
32 (24 November 1988), Leiria
  Offside Calls Against  
9 Fouls Conceded 12
55% Possession 45%

England Team



FIFA (27th May 2021) 4th
EFO ranking Group One (3rd)
ELO rating 7th
Colours: The Nike 2020 away uniform - Mega blue and royal blue collared jersey and shorts. Abstract three-lions pattern throughout with challenge red sidestripes. Mega blue socks with a thin challenge red/sport royal blue hoop.
Capt: Marcus Rashford ¹
only, W 1 - D 0 - L 0 - F 1 - A 0
Jordan Henderson
Manager: Gareth Southgate, 50 (3 September 1970), appointed caretaker manager on 27 September 2016, appointed as permanent manager on 30 November 2016.
54th match, W 34 - D 10 - L 10 - F 111 - A 38
youngest BME captain, 14th youngest
England Lineup
115 1 Johnstone, Samuel L. 28
73 days
25 March 1993 G West Bromwich Albion FC 1 0ᵍᵃ
1262 the 45th Albion player to represent England
2 Godfrey, Benjamin M. 23
142 days
15 January 1998 RB Everton FC 2 0
final app 2021
3 Shaw, Luke P.H., off 75th min. 25
329 days
12 July 1995 LB Manchester United FC 10 0
4 Phillips, Kalvin M., off half time 25
186 days
2 December 1995 LDM Leeds United AFC 8 0
5 Mings, Tyrone D. 28
85 days
13 March 1993 LCD Aston Villa FC 10 0
6 White, Benjamin W. 23
241 days
8 October 1997 RCD Brighton & Hove Albion FC 2 0
7 Sancho, Jadon M., off 65th min. 21
73 days
25 March 2000 RAM Bsv Borussia 09 Dortmund, Germany 19 3
8 Ward-Prowse, James M.E., off 65th min. 26
217 days
1 November 1994 RDM Southampton FC 8 1
9 Calvert-Lewin, Dominic N., off 82nd min. 24
82 days
16 March 1997 CF Everton FC 9 4
10 Grealish, Jack P. 25
269 days
10 September 1995 AM
Aston Villa FC 7 0
11 Rashford, Marcus, off 75th min. 23
218 days
31 October 1997
Manchester United FC
96th penalty-kick scored (130)
England Substitutes
Henderson, Jordan B., on half time for Phillips 30
354 days
17 June 1990
Liverpool FC
43 0
35th penalty-kick missed (131)
21 Rice, Declan, on 65th min. (64:43) for Ward-Prowse 22
143 days
14 January 1999 DM West Ham United FC 17 15 1
19 Bellingham, Jude V.W., on 65th min. (64:44) for Sancho 17
342 days
29 June 2003 RM Bsv Borussia 09 Dortmund, Germany 4 1 0
scoreline: England 1 Romania 0
12 Trippier, Kieran J., on 75th min. (74:49) for Shaw 30
260 days
19 September 1990 LB Club Atlético de Madrid, Spain 28 24 1
17 Lingard, Jesse E., on 75th min. (74:51) for Rashford 28
173 days
15 December 1996 LF Manchester United FC 29 16 4
18 Watkins, Oliver G.A., on 82nd min. (81:32)  for Calvert-Lewin 25
158 days
30 December 1995 CF Aston Villa FC 3 0 1
result: England 1 Romania 0

unused substitutes:

13-Jordan Pickford, 14-Conor Coady, 20-Harry Kane, 22-Aaron Ramsdale, 23-Dean Henderson.

team notes:

It has been over eighteen months since England were last awarded two penalty-kicks in the same match, vs. Bulgaria in September 2019. It has been fifty years since two were taken and one was missed, vs. Malta, May 1971.
Jack Grealish's great great grandfather, Billy Garraty, also played for England in 1903.

manager notes:

The last five fixtures against Romania have been managed by five different managers:- Robson (1985), Venables (1994), Hoddle (1998), Keegan (2000) and now Southgate.


England last won eight friendly matches in a row in 1984-86 and 1963-64 (the record is twelve, 1908-23).
This is the first time that England have kept seven friendly clean sheets in a row.
This is England's first home victory over Romania, at the fifth attempt.
After twelve matches on the 6 June, this is England's first home match on this day.
Manager Gareth Southgate was an 81st minute substitute the last time England met Romania in the European Championship Finals 2000. He was an injured squad member for the meeting during the 1998 World Cup Finals.
4-3-3 after 65 minutes
Johnstone -
Godfrey, White, Mings, Shaw
(Trippier) -
Ward-Prowse (Rice), Phillips (Henderson) -
Sancho (Bellingham), Grealish, Rashford (Lingard) -
Calvert-Lewin (Watkins).
notes: after 65 mins, Rice took a deep defensive role with Henderson and Bellingham either side of him, pushing Grealish and Rashford (Lingard) further up

Averages (Starting XI):

Age 25 years 44 days Appearances/Goals 10.7 1.6

Romania Team

Rank: FIFA (23rd May 2021) 43rd
EFO ranking
Group 9
ELO rating
Colours: Made by Joma - Yellow crew-necked jerseys with white collar, white shorts with blue/yellow/red side trim, yellow socks with white tops and blue/yellow/red trim.
Capt: Vlad Chiricheş Head Coach: Mirel Matei Rădoi, 40 (21 March 1981), appointed 21 November 2019.
13th match, W 4 - D 2 - L 7 - F 20 - A 23
Romania Lineup
1 Niţă, Florin C. 33
338 days
3 July 1987 G AC Sparta Praha, Czech Republic 6 0
24 Sorescu, Deian C., off 66th min. 23
281 days
29 August 1997 RB SC FC Dinamo 1948 București 4 0
6 Chiricheș, Vlad I. 31
204 days
14 November 1989 RCD US Sassuolo Calcio, Italy 64 0
5 Nedelcearu, Ionuţ, off 84th min. 25
42 days
25 April 1996 LCD Athlitikí Énosis Konstadinoupóleos, Greece 16 2
22 Camora 34
208 days
10 November 1986
in Samora Correia, Portugal
LB SC FC CFR 1907 Cluj 4 0
Malico Paulinho, Mario Jorge
18 Marin, Răzvan G. 24
14 days
23 May 1996 DM Amsterdamsche FC Ajax, Netherlands 30 2
7 Alibec, Denis, off 66th min. 30
152 days
5 January 1991 RAM Kayseri SK, Turkey 19 2
23 Stanciu, Nicolae C. 28
30 days
7 May 1993 RCM SK Slavia Praha, Czech Republic 47 10
8 Cicâldău, Alexandru, off 80th min. 31
333 days
8 July 1997 LCM Universitatea 1948 Craiova CS 14 2
17 Păun, Adrian C.A., off 80th min. 23
66 days
1 April 1995 LAM SC FC FCSB 1 0
9 Ivan, Andrei V. 24
153 days
4 January 1997 CF Universitatea 1948 Craiova CS
58th min. for a foul on Jack Grealish following another of his runs into the  area.
Romania Substitutes
scoreline: England 1 Romania 0
2 Căpuşă, Tiberiu I., on 66th min. (65:15) for Sorescu 23
61 days
6 April 1998 RB FC Viitoral Constanţa 1 0
14 Hagi, Ianis, on 66th min. (65:18) for Alibec 22
227 days
22 October 1998
in İstanbul, Turkey
RAM Rangers FC, Scotland 18 1
20 Budescu, Constantin V., on 80th min. (79:05) for Păun 32
110 days
16 February 1989 LAM Damac FC, Saudi Arabia 16 5
25 Băluţă, Alexandru M., on 80th min. (79:09) for Cicâldău 27
266 days
13 September 1993 AM Puskás Akadémia FC, Hungary 8 1
4 Rus, Adrian, on 84th min. (83:07) for Nedelcearu 25
80 days
18 March 1996 CD MOL Fehérvár FC, Hungary 6 0
result: England 1 Romania 0

unused substitutes:

3-Cristian Ganea, 10-Alexandru Maxim, 11-Olimpiu Moruţan, 12-Andrei Vlad, 16-Florin Iacob, 21-Darius Olaru.

team notes:

Ianis Hagi's father, Gheorghe, played for Romania against England on four occasions. He played in both matches of the 1985-86 World Cup preliminary competition, the 1994 friendly (in which he was the captain), and the 1998 World Cup Finals match.


Romania were one of six countries to have beaten England more times than they had lost - until tonight
4-1-4-1 Niţă -
(Căpuşă), Chiricheș, Nedelcearu (Rus), Camora -
Marin -
(Hagi), Stanciu, Cicâldău (Băluţă), Păun (Budescu) -

Averages (Starting XI):

Age 27 years 334 days Appearances/Goals 19.5 1.7

    Match Report by Mike Payne

Regular readers of my match reports, (both of you), will know by now that I am a Preston North End fan, so I was delighted to see goalkeeper Sam Johnstone win his first England cap.  He and Jordan Pickford both had successful loan spells at Deepdale, and when they were there I said at the time that both these goalkeepers will go on to play for England.  I’m proud to see my predictions come true as we, at North End, taught them all they know!  In actual fact, a couple of early nervous moments by Johnstone, ended in the first corner of the game, but England scrambled the ball clear.  All in all, it was a scrappy start for the home side as many more passes went backwards instead of forwards.  When England did finally get forward Kelvin Phillips put in a shot that practically ended up in Sunderland.

On ten minutes the first clear chance of the match fell to Romania.  A good break down the left saw a low cross and Razvan Marin shooting first-time, but Johnstone saved easily.  A minute later, Jadon Sancho looked offside as he strode clear after latching on to a long pass, but his final shot was disappointing and flew wide.  Then Jack Grealish won England’s first corner, but as Tyrone Mings challenged for the cross he was penalised for a foul.  England quickly won a second corner as their play started to improve.  The ball was James Ward-Prowse, who found Grealish.  This time the shot flew over the bar.  With 17 minutes gone the pattern was still more negatively going backwards instead of pressing forward from England, and it must be said that can be so frustrating to watch.  In one move, a promising attack position was suddenly turned into passes back, that ended up with Johnstone.  Not what the crowd wanted to see. Marcus Rashford, made captain for this game, much to his delight, could never really find his feet at times, with poor control and getting caught in possession on a number of occasions.  He was still a danger though to the Romanian defence and on 22 minutes a good run almost succeeded in getting through.  Immediately Phillips found Sancho who teed the ball up for Ben Godfrey, but his shot went harmlessly wide.  Just before the half-hour mark, Adrian Paun fired in a shot for Romania which Johnstone again saved well.

England’s passing was slow and predictable, and Grealish was then fouled, not for the first time.  "That’s three times," he protested to the referee as he crashed to the ground again.  From the free-kick a towering header from Dominic Calvert-Lewin, his first real contribution of the game, looped over the goalkeeper but crashed back off the crossbar.  The best of England’s attacks were coming down the left where Luke Shaw’s pace was worrying the Romanian defenders.  With eight minutes of the half to go Rashford went close and a minute later the best England move so far involving Grealish and Sancho ended with a fine shot by the latter, which also crashed back off the crossbar with the goalkeeper Florin Nita beaten.  Ward-Prowse sent in a teasing free-kick just before the break which Calvert-Lewin headed over.  The whistle had gone for a foul though, so if he had hit the target it wouldn’t have counted.  At the other end only a fine block by Johnstone stopped Deian as he had a clear shot at goal a minute before the break.  Johnstone stuck out his right foot to block the shot and England cleared the danger.  It had been a scrappy half, with no score and England only briefly threatened the Romanian goal.

Jordan Henderson made a welcome return to the football field after his long injury worries, replacing Phillips at the start of the second-half.  Two minutes after the restart, England so nearly went ahead.  Grealish was fouled, yet again, and Ward-Prowse sent in another dangerous free-kick.  Calvert-Lewin came roaring in, toe-ended the ball for what seemed a certain goal, but somehow the ball ended in the arms of Nita.  Romania broke down the right to cause more danger for the England defenders and in another attack following a corner, Sorescu fizzed a shot just wide.  England were not functioning on all cylinders, with Rashford’s touch unusually poor.  But it was end to end as attacks came at both ends, with a Romanian shot going wide and then when Grealish set up Rashford the skipper tried to dribble through a packed defence but was crowded out.  On 58 minutes a bad foul on Shaw gave Ward-Prowse another free-kick.  This time he went for goal himself but it produced an easy save from the goalkeeper.  Both sides were definitely going for it a bit more this half and as a result the play was a little more exciting.  A burst by Rashford in the 62nd minute looked promising for England but again the finish was nothing like the Rashford we know, as his weak final shot went wide.

Gareth Southgate then brought on Declan Rice and Jude Bellingham to shore up the midfield, although it was a surprise to see Ward-Prowse go off, as he had played well.  However, on 67 minutes, Grealish made one of his characteristic runs down the left, and as he moved into the box a clumsy challenge from substitute Tiberiu Capusa brought him down again.  Penalty!  Rashford took the kick, tiptoed up to the ball and coolly slotted it into the net with goalkeeper not moving.  Three minutes later, with Rashford now on the right, sending in a low cross which was well cut out by the keeper before Calvert-Lewin could pounce.

The next crucial moment of the match came after 74 minutes.  A Romanian attack and shot was blocked, but the ball ran for Andrei Ivan who just had to score as he fired in a close range shot.  But from nowhere, and summoning up all he learned at Deepdale, Johnstone made a wonderful save to somehow claw the ball away from danger.  It really was one of the best saves I’ve ever seen as the equaliser looked a formality.  But Johnstone was never going to give up his clean sheet easily, that’s for sure.

On 77 minutes the chance came to sew the result up.  Calvert-Lewin did well to keep possession but was clattered to the ground by Vlad Chiriches, who could have no argument that it was another penalty to England.  It looked odds-on that Calvert-Lewin would take it with both Rashford and Ward-Prowse off the field by now, but Henderson ‘pulled rank’ on him, deciding he was the man for the job.  He wasn’t!  Nita saved a weak kick quite easily and also blocked the follow up from Bellingham.

In the final ten minutes Calvert-Lewin went very close to another goal and then Bellingham couldn’t believe it when his header looked only for the ball to strike Chiriches flying foot to deflect it wide.  Grealish and substitute Ollie Watkins also came close whilst at the other end Johnstone made another fine save from a late Romanian effort.  It was a frantic end to the game, not least when England conceded a free-kick on the edge of the box.  The kick was blocked though and England again scraped the 1-0 win.  In the end, that amazing save from a former PNE star, gave them a win they just about deserved.  Oh, and did I tell you that Johnstone used to play for Preston? 


Source Notes

BBC Sport
  Mike Payne - football historian and contributor