How ex-Sunderland man and England team-mates fared in Austria win at Middlesbrough's Riverside Stadium

England stepped up their preparations for this summer’s European Championships with a 1-0 win over Austria at Middlesbrough’s Riverside Stadium – and it was a mixed night for Gareth Southgate’s team.

Thursday, 3rd June 2021, 7:55 am
Harry Kane and Jordan Pickford playing for England.

Arsenal's Bukayo Saka scored the only goal of the game in the 56th minute after England had created the better chances in the first half.

Aston Villa’s Jack Grealish and Borussia Dortmund’s Jude Bellingham also impressed for The Three Lions, staking a claim ahead of this summer’s tournament.

Ex-Sunderland goalkeeper Jordan Pickford also kept a clean sheet.

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A few comfortable saves and a brief scare when he had to keep out Ben Godfrey’s back pass. 7

Yet the match ended in disappointment for Liverpool full-back Trent Alexander-Arnold who limped off with a thigh issue in the closing stages.

With several players unavailable due to their involvement in European competitions with Manchester United, Manchester City and Chelsea, the match against Austria provided an opportunity to impress.

England will return to the Riverside on Sunday, June 6 for another friendly match against Romania.

Here’s how Southgate’s men fared against Austria.

Made a few forays forward in the first half and saw an early shot saved Forced off with an injury in the closing stages. 6
Wasn't overly worked at the back. Will come up against tougher opponents if he keeps his place. 6
Fortunate not to concede a penalty for elbowing Austria forward Sasa Kalajdzic. Subbed in the second half. 5
A solid evening at left-back. Took most of the set-pieces with differing success. 6
A few loose passes but saw out his responsibilities in front of the back four. 6
An impressive display from the teenager. Broke up play and looked comfortable on the ball. An exciting prospect. 7
Spent most of the match on the fringes but did play a part in the opener. 6
Full of energy caused Austria players to commit fouls. Was rewarded with a goal. 8
A few flashes in the first half and was constantly fouled as he tried to force a breakthrough. 7
Made a surging run to cut Austria open for Saka’s goal. Squandered a decent chance in the first half. 6
(for Lingard, 60) Out himself about when he came on and almost created a second with a low cross. 6
Had to be disciplined as England held onto their advantage in the closing stages. 6
(for Kane, 60) A quiet cameo after he was introduced on the left in the second half. 5
(for Mings, 60) Came on for his England debut. Fortunate not to score an own goal with a blind back pass. 5
(for Grealish, 71) Made his debut and had to be alert to clear a late shot off the line. 7