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England’s preparations for the European Championship continue this weekend with their final warm-up friendly against Romania on Sunday.

The Liverpool right-back has now been ruled out of the tournament with a thigh injury, and Gareth Southgate is currently down to 25 players out of a possible 26 for the squad.

Southgate says he will decide on whether he will call up a replacement after England’s game against Romania, with the likes of Jesse Lingard and James Ward-Prowse hoping for a late boost after the initial disappointment of missing out on the squad.

England have been training today, and Jordan Henderson has been out with the rest of the squad to boost the hopes that he will at least get some minutes before the tournament begins.

Southgate will face the press this afternoon, and we will bring you everything he has to say.

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England training today

Jordan Henderson trained with the England squad today ahead of Sunday’s clash with Romania.

Wednesday’s 1-0 friendly win over Austria was set to be Liverpool skipper Henderson’s first appearance for club or country since undergoing groin surgery in February, but he missed out after complaining of discomfort on the morning of the match.

However, the 30-year-old trained with the squad ahead of taking on Romania at Middlesbrough’s Rockliffe Park training ground on Saturday.

England skipper Harry Kane and Wednesday’s man-of-the-match Bukayo Saka did not train with the group, with the Football Association saying they were “following a personal training programme indoors to manage load”.

Harry Maguire was also doing the same on Saturday. The Manchester United captain joined up with the squad on Thursday and is recovering from an ankle ligament injury sustained at Aston Villa a month ago.

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The Three Lions face Romania in their last warm-up friendly before the Euros begin next week, and Gareth Southgate has plenty of thinking to do.

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Bale not thinking about future until after Euros

Like England captain Harry Kane, it seems that Wales star Gareth Bale is determined to wait until after the Euros to settle his club future.

The 31-year-old is expecting talks with returning Real Madrid boss Carlo Ancelotti – under whom he won the Champions League in the Spanish capital in 2014 – after this summer’s rescheduled tournament has concluded.

“I know Carlo Ancelotti is a great manager,” Bale told reporters on Friday at a press conference held before Wales’ final warm-up friendly against Albania in Cardiff.

“I get on with him really well, we had some great times in the past.

“As soon as the Euros finishes I’m sure I’ll have a conversation and then I’ll go from there.”

Bale added: “I’m not thinking about anything until after the Euros. I haven’t spoken to anybody. I’m not thinking about my future.”

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Grealish ready for a kicking… if it helps England

Jack Grealish says he is willing to take a kicking to help England to success at the European Championship and insists he cannot play in fear of injury, writes Dan Kilpatrick.

The Aston Villa midfielder was the most fouled player in the Premier League this season, despite starting just 24 matches and missing three months with a shin injury, which remains troublesome.

Grealish has continued to be a target in England’s No.7 shirt and was repeatedly fouled in the 1-0 win over Austria at the Riverside Stadium in their opening warm-up match for Euro 2020.

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The 25-year-old says he is happy to be on the receiving end of rough treatment if it means more opportunities for England’s host of free-kick specialists.

Asked if he took the fouls as a compliment, Grealish said: “Yeah, of course. Not so much for Villa because we haven’t got that many good free-kick takers but here we’re blessed with them. “

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Wales cannot appeal Williams suspension

Wales will be without Neco Williams for tomorrow’s final Euro 2020 warm-up friendly against Albania in Cardiff.

The Liverpool defender was controversially sent off for handball during Wednesday’s 3-0 defeat by France in Nice, but stand-in head coach Robert Page had hoped to appeal against that dismissal and subsequent suspension.

However, he confirmed on Friday that will not be possible.

“I had a meeting as late as 10pm last night, but there are no grounds for an appeal,” Page told reporters.

“We’ll miss him tomorrow. It’s unbelievable, but it is what it is and we’ve had to change our plan. It is disappointing, but we’ve got to find a solution.”

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Who will replace Alexander-Arnold?

The Brighton defender has enjoyed a fine first season in the Premier League, capped with a first call-up and cap for England.

Southgate has said that White was only ever brought in on the 33-man long-list for the experience of training with the Three Lions, but a decent outing off the bench against Austria, his ability to play in midfield and worries over whether Harry Maguire will be able to feature at all this summer mean that he could be in with a shot at stepping up.

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Trent ‘absolutely gutted’ to be missing Euros

Trent Alexander-Arnold’s short tweet this morning makes it clear how disappointed he is to be missing out on the Euros this summer.

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Who will replace Alexander-Arnold?

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A somewhat surprise omission from the 26-man squad, Lingard has never let Southgate down.

The 28-year-old, who shone on loan at West Ham with 10 goals in 16 games, showed superb attitude to turn out against Austria a day after being cut from the squad and was one of the more difficult players for Southgate to leave out.

His experience at international tournaments puts Lingard in a good position to come into the squad, though the depth of talent in his position and concerns over Henderson may lean more towards Ward-Prowse to bring added cover.

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Who will replace Alexander-Arnold?

Standard Sport’s Jack Rosser identifies the top three contenders to replace the injured Trent Alexander-Arnold in Englands Euro 2020 squad as things stand…

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The Southampton captain is a firm favourite of Gareth Southgate’s. The midfielder – who can also turn out at right-back if needed – wore the captain’s armband for the England manager during his time as Under-21s boss.

Crucially, Ward-Prowse has a near immaculate injury record. The 26-year-old last month became the first outfield player ever to play every minute of two consecutive Premier League seasons.

That’s all before we get to his set-piece prowess – there are few others you would want over a dead ball when it matters most.


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