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What needs to be addressed after England's Euro 2020 warm-up game against Austria?

England are just over a week away from their European Championship group game opener against Croatia on June 13th. Last night, England played a warm-up game against Austria at the Riverside Stadium in Middlesbrough and there were multiple things that we learnt and things that need to be addressed before England play Croatia.


Harry Kane playing too deep

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Harry Kane is one of the most clinical strikers in the world and is a certain starter for England every game. Unfortunately, Kane felt completely ineffective last night due to how deep he was playing. Sometimes, this is not a bad thing as Kane has shown this season with Tottenham that he is more than capable of linking up the play and registering assists.


However, there were many occasions in last night's game where England looked completely useless attacking down the wings because Kane was never in the box looking to get onto the end of crosses. This is something the should be a quick and easy fix prior to the Euros. It is rather simple, get in the box more.


Grealish's class

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Jack Grealish's ability to not only draw fouls but also draw defenders is staggering. He is also possibly the best player in England at picking up the ball from deep in the pitch and driving at defenders putting his team on the front foot.


Grealish is not just a game changer, he is a game winner and he proved his class last night. He should be giving Southgate some serious selection headaches ahead of England's European Championships opener because he is showing the form of somebody who should be starting for England.


Central defence needs work

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Without being disrespectful to Austria, they looked like a very poor side last night and it is quite clear to see why they struggle in front of goal. However, considering how poor they were, the pairing of Mings and Coady seemed to be very shakey - Ben Godfrey also looked a bit calamitous once he came on.


Let's not be too critical, they kept a clean sheet which is always a good thing but in reality, a good side would have scored multiple against England's defence last night. It will be interesting to see how the defence shapes up during the Euros once Stones, Walker and Maguire are available.


Bellingham's brilliance

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This lad is still only 17-years-old remember. It's scary to think how good he could be once he reaches his prime. He looks so assured and comfortable on the ball and is one of the very few quality box-to-box midfielders in the country.


Bellingham's maturity is also something that can not go unnoticed. It's obvious to tell by the way he carries himself that he is perfect fit for the squad and that he is not in over his head. Much like Jack Grealish, Jude Bellingham has also given Southgate a bit of a selection headache.


If Trent can't go, take Lingard


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Trent Alexander-Arnold picked up an injury towards the end of last night's game and appeared to be in a lot of discomfort when leaving the pitch. The good news for Gareth Southgate is that he can still make changes to his squad up until the Euros starts.


Obviously, it would be a big blow for Trent if he were to miss the competition however, that would free up a space for somebody else to take his place - Jesse Lingard would be the perfect candidate.


Lingard showed a fantastic attitude as he played very well in last night's friendly when he knew that he had not been selected for England's 26-man squad for the European Championships. He's is a reliable player to have in the ranks and also, one of the most inform players in England right now. It should be a no-brainer to put him in the squad if Trent misses out.




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