GOOD AFTERNOON FROM MIDDLESBROUGH
It’s England’s final friendly before the Euros – in exactly a week the Three Lions will be taking on Croatia in their opening Group D fixture.
We’re unlikely to see Gareth Southgate field the team that will start against the Croatians at Wembley, but Jordan Henderson is expected to make his first appearance since undergoing groin surgery in February.
“The last two, three days training have been a lot more positive for him. He’s been visibly happier within himself and that’s a positive sign,” said Southgate.
Henderson’s Liverpool teammate Trent Alexander-Arnold has had to withdraw from the squad after sustaining a thigh injury in Wednesday’s friendly with Austria.
Southgate said: “It’s heartbreaking for any player to get to the eve of a major tournament and then miss out because of injury.”
Southgate will name a replacement for Alexander-Arnold after the Romania game, with Ben Godfrey, Ben White, James Ward-Prowse, Jesse Lingard and Ollie Watkins in contention.
“There isn’t a rush and it’s important to have time to consider these things. It’s important to get the balance right,” said Southgate.
Jadon Sancho will be fit for today’s game after training for the last three days.