03 Jun England vs. Austria – Football Match Report – June 2, 2021
England beat Austria in a less-than-enthralling pleasant on the Riverside Stadium on Wednesday as each teams put together for the upcoming European Championship.
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Concerningly for England, Trent Alexander-Arnold, who was a late inclusion within the Three Lions’ Euro squad, limped off close to full-time with an obvious damage because the hosts noticed out the match.
A lacklustre first half noticed few possibilities for both aspect, with Harry Kane coming closest across the half-hour on a close-range shot that was saved by Austria’s keeper because the opening 45 minutes ended scoreless.
Arsenal’s Bukayo Saka lastly opened the scoring within the match within the 56th minute, slotting residence from a good angle after the ball fell to him on the far put up from and England counter-attack.
There was additionally a primary senior begin for Borussia Dortmund’s 17-year-old midfielder Jude Bellingham, whereas Brighton & Hove Albion defender Ben White collected his first cap as a 71st minute substitute.
Alexander-Arnold appeared to have pulled a thigh muscle with no one close to him as he kicked the ball together with his left foot and was then booked for returning to the pitch with out permission, with England having used up all their substitutes and left with 10 males.
“It is not a very good signal to see him should stroll off as he did,” Southgate informed ITV tv. “We’ll know extra within the subsequent 24-48 hours.
“Let’s have a look at how Trent is first after which we’ll go from there.”
Jordan Pickford made some assured saves to press his claims to be first-choice goalkeeper, punching the ball clear in additional time and tipping onto the bar as Austria threatened a late equaliser.
“I assumed we began very properly. We used the ball properly within the first hour or so,” mentioned Southgate. “We have been taking part in towards an excellent team who have gotten some excellent gamers.
“The primary hour was good when it comes to high quality. After that we wanted to make numerous modifications, we wanted to protect individuals. We acquired a bit disjointed and a pair have been getting cramp.
“We have been hanging on on the finish however I believe it was comprehensible given all of the modifications we needed to make.”
Followers may heard booing when each teams took a knee in help of racial justice earlier than kick-off — a typical gesture carried out at football matches since final summer season.
“I did hear it. It is not one thing on behalf of our black gamers that I wished to listen to as a result of it feels as if it’s a criticism of them,” Southgate mentioned. “I believe now we have acquired a state of affairs the place some individuals appear to suppose it’s a political stand that they do not agree with. That is not the explanation the gamers are doing it. We’re supporting one another.
“I used to be happy that was drowned out by the vast majority of the gang however we won’t deny the truth that it occurred. I believe crucial factor for our gamers to know is that every one their teammates, all of the workers are absolutely supportive. I believe the vast majority of individuals perceive it, some individuals aren’t fairly understanding the message and I suppose we’re seeing that throughout numerous football grounds in the mean time.”
Subsequent up for England is a pleasant towards Romania on Sunday earlier than Gareth Southgate’s aspect opens their European Championship marketing campaign towards Croatia in Group D on June 13.