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  Wednesday, 2 June 2021
A BT pre-European Championship Finals warm-up match

England 1 Austria 0 [0-0]

Players lost since last match
Doug Holden (8 April), 90

The Riverside Stadium, Middlehaven, Middlesbrough, North Yorkshire
Kick-off (BST): 8.00pm
Attendance: 8,750

94½ minutes 46:03 & 48:35 Saša Kalajdžić kicked off
after 'taking the knee'
[0-0] Bellingham scores with back heel 10:46 foul  
[1-0] Bukayo Saka 56 55:55
  placed a left-footed angled finish from 6 yards after Sabitzer slid in before Grealish 

[1-0] Sabitzer 18yd strike hits crossbar
  Xaver Schlager 20 19:18
Dominic Calvert-Lewin 66 65:04

Terence Trent-Alexander 88 87:40
Stefan Lainer 52 51:38

Martin Hintergger 86 85:56
Commentator: Sam Matterface with Lee Dixon

"ZINGER MINGER" - Daily Mirror

Officials from Belgium England Squad


Austria Squad

Referee (yellow)
Lawrence Visser
31 (18 December 1989), Lommel, FIFA-listed 2017
9 Goal Attempts 13
4 Attempts on Target 4
Assistant Referees 0 Hit Bar/Post 1
Thibaud Nijssen
32 (16 November 1988), Hasselt
Rien Vanyzere
35 (26 August 1985), Aalst
4 Corner Kicks Won 4
Fourth official
Bram Van Driessche
36 (16 April 1985), Knesselare
  Offside Calls Against  
11 Fouls Conceded 19
39% Possession 61%

England Team



FIFA (27th May 2021) 4th
EFO ranking Group One (3rd)
ELO rating 8th
Colours: The Nike 2020 home uniform - White crew-necked jerseys with navy blue collar and side trim, blue shorts with pale blue side stripe, white socks.
Capt: Harry Kane ²⁷
32nd, W 20 - D 5 - L 7 - F 73 - A 28
Conor Coady 60:54.
Manager: Gareth Southgate, 50 (3 September 1970), appointed caretaker manager on 27 September 2016, appointed as permanent manager on 30 November 2016.
53rd match, W 33 - D 10 - L 10 - F 110 - A 38
England Lineup
1 Pickford, Jordan L. 27
87 days
7 March 1994 G Everton FC 31 27ᵍᵃ
2 Alexander-Arnold, Trent J., injured off 88th min. (87:56) 22
238 days
7 October 1998 RB/
Liverpool FC
88th min. for wandering back onto the field of play without the referee's permission.
3 Trippier, Kieran J. 30
256 days
19 September 1990 LB/
Club Atlético de Madrid, Spain 27 1
4 Rice, Declan, off 61st min. (60:36) 22
139 days
14 January 1999 LDM West Ham United FC 16 1
5 Mings, Tyrone D., off 61st min. (60:41) 28
81 days
13 March 1993 LCD Aston Villa FC 9 0
6 Coady, Conor D. 28
97 days
23 February 1993 RCD Wolverhampton Wanderers FC 5 1
Saka, Bukayo A.T. 19
270 days
5 September 2001 LAM Arsenal FC 5 1
8 Bellingham, Jude V.W. 17
338 days
29 June 2003 RDM Bsv Borussia 09 Dortmund, Germany 3 0
9 Kane, Harry E., off 61st min. 27
309 days
28 July 1993 CF Tottenham Hotspur FC 54 34
10 Grealish, Jack P., off 71st min. 25
265 days
10 September 1995 AM Aston Villa FC 6 0
11 Lingard, Jesse E., off 61st min. 28
169 days
15 December 1996 RAM Manchester United FC 28 4
England Substitutes
scoreline: England 1 Austria 0
17 Watkins, Oliver G.A., on 61st min. (60:52)  for Lingard 25
154 days
30 December 1995 LF Aston Villa FC 2 0 1
100 14 Godfrey, Benjamin M., on 61st min. (60:56) for Mings 23
138 days
15 January 1998 LCD
Everton FC 1 0
1260 the 70th Everton player to represent England
18 Ward-Prowse, James M.E., on 61st min. (60:57) for Rice 26
213 days
1 November 1994 DM Southampton FC 7 2 1
Calvert-Lewin, Dominic N., on 61st min. (60:59) for Kane 24
78 days
16 March 1997 RF Everton FC
8 4 4
66th min. after he outjumped Aleksandr Dragović and caught his head with his legs.  
1261 16 White, Benjamin W., on 71st min. (70:42) for Grealish 23
237 days
8 October 1997 RD Brighton & Hove Albion FC 1 0
the fifth Albion player to represent England
result: England 1 Austria 0

unused substitutes:

13-Sam Johnstone, 15-Kalvin Phillips, 19-Jordan Henderson, 20-Jadon Sancho (ill), 22-Aaron Ramsdale.

team notes:

England finished the match with ten men, after Terence Alexander-Arnold picked up a thigh injury when he kicked the ball away (85:45) following a throw-in. Knowing he was injured, he wandered off the pitch (86:44), but inadvertently wandered back on, and received a caution because of it.
Jack Grealish's great great grandfather, Billy Garraty, also played for England in 1903.

manager records:

It is Gareth Southgate's first return as England Senior Team manager to the ground of the club he managed between 2006 and 2009. He did bring the U21's here in March 2015, beating Germany 3-2.


Jude Bellingham is the youngest starter since Wayne Rooney against Turkey in April 2003 (17yrs 160).
He is also the youngest post-war player to complete ninety minutes, third youngest overall.
England last won seven friendly matches in a row in 1984-86.
This is the first time that England have kept six friendly clean sheets in a row.
3-5-2 after 71 mins.
Pickford -
Alexander-Arnold, Coady, Mings
(Godfrey), Trippier -
Bellingham, Rice
(Ward-Prowse) -
Lingard (Watkins), Grealish, Saka -
notes: Calvert-Lewin and Watkins swapped wings when they came on as substitutes.
Then with the introduction of White, England went with three at the back.

Averages (Starting XI):

Age 25 years 141 days Appearances/Goals 17.9 3.8

Austria Team

Rank: FIFA (23rd May 2021) 23rd
EFO ranking
Group 8
ELO rating
Colours: Made by Puma - Black crew-necked jerseys with red/white/green pinstripe across chest, light blue shorts, light blue socks.
(Austrian crest on rear below neckline)
Capt: David Alaba
Aleksander Dragović 70:53
Manager: Franco Foda, 55 (23 April 1966 in Mainz, West Germany), appointed 30 October 2017, effective January 2018.
33rd match, W 20 - D 4 - L 9 - F _ - A _
Austria Lineup
1 Bachmann, Daniel 26
328 days
9 July 1994 G Watford FC, England 1 1ᵍᵃ
21 Lainer, Stefan, off 81st min. 28
279 days
27 August 1992 RB Borussia VfL 1900 Mönchengladbach, Germany 29
52nd min. after twice attempting to bring down Saka, succeeding the second time
3 Dragović, Aleksandar 30
88 days
6 March 1991 RCD Bayer 04 Leverkusen, Germany 90 2
4 Hinteregger, Martin 28
268 days
7 September 1992 LCD Eintracht Frankfurt, Germany
86th min. after disagreeing with the referee awarding a free-kick against him
26 Friedl, Marco 23
78 days
16 March 1998 LB SV Werder Bremen von 1899, Germany 3 0
19 Baumgartner, Christophe, off 62nd min. 21
305 days
1 August 1999 RM TSG 1899 Hoffenheim, Germany 9 3
24 Laimer, Konrad, off 62nd min. 24
6 days
27 May 1997 RCM RB Leipzig, Germany 8 1
23 Schlager, Xaver, off 81st min. 23
247 days
28 September 1997 LCM VfL Wolfsburg, Germany
20th min. after a mistimed tackle on Bukayo Saka in the middle of the Austrian half
8 Alaba, David O., off 71st min. 28
343 days
24 June 1992 LM FC Bayern München, Germany 80 14
9 Sabitzer, Marcel 27
77 days
17 March 1994 AM RB Leipzig, Germany 49 8
25 Kalajdžić, Saša, off 71st min. 23
330 days
7 July 1997 CF VfB Stuttgart 1893, Germany 6 3
Austria Substitutes
scoreline: England 1 Austria 0
10 Grillitsch, Florian, on 62nd min (61:20) for Laimer 25
299 days
7 August 1995 RCM TSG 1899 Hoffenheim, Germany 22 1
17 Schaub, Louis, on 62nd min. (61:32) for Baumgartner 26
338 days
29 December 1994
in Fulda, Germany
RM 1.FC Köln 01/07, Germany 20 6
11 Gregoritsch, Michael, on 71st min. (70:49) for Kalajdžić 27
45 days
18 April 1994 CF FC Augsburg 1907, Germany 25 4
18 Schöpf, Alessandro A., on 71st min. (70:56) for Alaba 27
115 days
7 February 1994 LM FC Gelsenkirchen-Schalke 04, Germany 26 5
16 Trimmel, Christopher, on 81st min. (80:30) for Lainer 34
98 days
24 February 1987 RB 1.FC Union Berlin, Germany 12 0
14 Baumgartlinger, Julian J., on 81st min. (80:48) for X.Schlager 33
151 days
2 January 1988 LCM Bayer 04 Leverkusen, Germany 83 1
result: England 1 Austria 0

unused substitutes:

1-Alexander Schagel, 2-Andreas Ulmer, 5-Stefan Posch, 6-Stefan Ilsanker, 12-Pavao Pervan, 15-Philipp Lienhart.

team notes:

There were no Austrian based players in the starting XI, in fact, sixteen of the seventeen players involved had played their football in the German Bundesliga, goalkeeper Bachmann being the exception, playing in the English Championship.
4-4-2(1-1) Bachmann -
Lainer (Trimmel), Dragović, Hinteregger, Friedl -
Baumgartner (Schaub), Laimer (Grillitsch), Schlager (Baumgartlinger), Alaba (Schöpf) -
Sabitzer -

Averages (Starting XI):

Age 26 years 49 days Appearances/Goals 31.7 3.4

    Match Report by Mike Payne

In the great scheme of things, this friendly match hardly mattered before the mainent of the European Championships begins later this month.  However, it did give Gareth Southgate the chance to try a few things out, see how players in his squad were, and start the planning for upcoming fixtures.

With no Chelsea, Manchester City or Manchester United, players considered due to their involvement in European finals, the team had an experimental look about it, although with lots of familiar names, and the game had a lively start.  With just four minutes on the clock fine play and a pass from Harry Kane to Trent Alexander-Arnold, ended with a fizzing shot just touched over by Austrian goalkeeper Daniel Bachmann.  From the resultant corner, Jude Bellingham had a free header but his effort went straight at the keeper.  The visitors immediately hit back and England defenders had to be on their toes to clear any danger.  After eight minutes it was the Austrians turn to see a fierce shot go just over as Christian Baumgartner tried the first of several attempts by the lively striker.

Three minutes later and England had the ball in the net as good play down the left saw Bukayo Saka win a corner.  From the kick, the defence failed to clear properly, the ball ran to Jesse Lingard and his low shot at goal was turned in by Bellingham.  Alas, the goal was ruled out because Tyrone Mings was penalised for a foul on the keeper.

Over the next fifteen minutes play was fast and furious with the tough tackling visitors showing no mercy with their challenges.  Jack Grealish was particularly targeted, and he crashed to the ground on more than one occasion.  On 19 minutes Saka was the next to suffer as Xaver Schlager was booked for a reckless tackle on the Arsenal player.  From the free-kick, the ball reached Lingard whose clever lob then found Saka at the far post, but his volley flew high, wide and not so handsome.  This was followed by a dangerous breakaway from the Austrians which ended with a dangerous cross going wide with no-one able to touch it.  On 27 minutes Grealish was fouled again and from Alexander-Arnold’s free-kick, the ball was again cleared to Lingard and suddenly Kane was in on goal.  The goalkeeper dived at his feet though and saved the situation.

Declan Rice and Bellingham were working hard and effectively in midfield with both players making timely interceptions.  Both teams were pressing when the other side was in possession, so there was little time to settle on the ball.  The man in possession was quickly pounced on, by both teams, and into the last ten minutes of the half, Austria put some pressure on the England back line.  Following their first corner, Sasa Kalajdzic fired in a shot, which was easily saved by Jordan Pickford.  This encouraged the visitors though, and they moved the ball around well.  Mings came to the rescue with one fine block as Baumgartner was about to shoot, and although the ball hit his hand, the referee waved away tentative appeals for a penalty.  So, the half ended goalless, but not short on incident.

After the restart England were forced to defend and Stefan Lainer was booked after another foul on Saka.  The Austrians certainly didn’t hold back when it came to their tackles.  England’s free-kicks had been disappointing so far, and easily dealt with by the visiting defence.  Then, a little out of the blue to some extent, England took a 56th minute lead, and it was a good goal too.  A quick break from defence saw Kane in the inside-left channel.  His delightful pass found Lingard in full flight and his terrific touch sent Grealish in on goal, as bodies blocked and collided with the Aston Villa man, the ball ran for Saka, also up with the attack, and he slotted home from a tight angle for his first England goal.

Austria responded well to the setback though and were soon on the attack, determined to pull the goal back.  Baumgartner, who was dangerous throughout, saw another effort deflected for a corner, which was cleared by England.  At this point, manager Southgate decided the time was right for a raft of substitutions.  It was basically everyone off, and everyone else on!  At least that what it seemed like at the time.  It almost proved a disaster for Ben Godfrey as his first touch was to send the ball back to his Everton teammate, Pickford, except that Pickford had gone walkabout!  Thankfully the goalkeeper rescued Godfrey with a desperate clearance off the line.

As England tried to regroup after all the changes, Austria stepped up a gear forcing England to defend in numbers.  Conor Coady was having an excellent game though and was the calm head at the back.  One incident annoyed the England fans, as another of the subs, Dominic Calvert-Lewin put in a prestigious leap to head the ball, but caught an Austrian defender as he came down from a great height.  The referee, much to the crowd’s anger, decided it was dangerous play and booked the Everton striker.

As this half progressed England lost their rhythm a little, and at times looked very disjointed.  Grealish continued to impress with his clever runs and control and one dangerous cross was only just cleared.  It was the last act by the Villa player as he was then substituted by Ben White, of Brighton, who was making his debut.  White was quickly in the action with a terrific shot that flew just wide.  That would have been a great way of introducing yourself to international football.

On 80 minutes, Austria were pressing still, and Pickford had to make a fine diving save from Baumgartner, and the more annoying thing was that it was the visitors who were picking up the loose balls more often than not.   Three minutes later Alexander-Arnold worryingly pulled up after a clearance, he had played well, but this was an anxious moment for both player and team.  Meanwhile, Martin Hinteregger was booked after arguing about a foul he committed, and then a minute from the end Austria missed their best chance of equalising.  A cross from the right found Michael Gregoritsch on his own with a free header, but the substitute missed a sitter and held his head in his hands.

The last few minutes saw England hanging on somewhat, and down to ten men as Alexander-Arnold trudged off in despair.  Right on time, Pickford slapped a cross that dropped for a shot at goal which was cleared by White from the line.  In the end the final 1-0 score was secured.  England were a little lucky to win to be honest and Austria will be disappointed finishing with nothing for all their effort.  Without doubt England were affected by all the substitutions, but the exercise was a useful one and the crowd watching (how good it is to say that), went home delighted.

Source Notes

BBC Sport
  Mike Payne - football historian and contributor