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England v Romania player ratings: Who stood out for Three Lions?

| 07.06.2021

England, 9/2 co-favourites to win the European Championship, played out an eventful 1-0 victory over Romania in their final warm-up before the start of the tournament, twice striking the crossbar while scoring and missing a penalty.

A day after the match, Gareth Southgate added central defender Ben White to his squad as a replacement for injured right-back Trent Alexander-Arnold.

We take a look at how Southgate’s experimental side performed in Sunday’s friendly at the Riverside Stadium in our England v Romania player ratings.

Sam Johnstone (7)

Made to work on his England debut and will be pleased to keep a clean sheet, especially following a breath-taking save from Andrei Ivan.

Ben Godfrey (6)

Operated at right-back on his first England start and grew into the game having been outnumbered by Romania in the early stages.

Tyrone Mings (5)

The Aston Villa centre-back made a shaky start and did not really stake his claim for a place alongside John Stones next week.

Ben White (7)

More assured than Mings on his first start and likely to feature for England in the future.

Luke Shaw  (7)

The Manchester United defender never missed an opportunity to bomb down the left flank and his forward runs can cause problems against any defence.

Kalvin Phillips (6)

A fine team player in his first game since recovering from a shoulder injury. Solid and dependable again.

James Ward-Prowse (8)

Fine set-piece delivery and an excellent all-round display which surprisingly did not prove enough to earn a place in Southgate’s 26-man squad.

Jadon Sancho (6)

Hit the woodwork with a curling effort but would have wanted to see more of the ball.

Jack Grealish (8)

Another fine outing for the Aston Villa captain, who rode the challenges and drew the penalty which secured victory for England.

Marcus Rashford (6)

Captained England for the first time and toasted the occasion by converting a penalty to open the scoring. Shot wide following a burst forward but faded after a strong start.

Dominic Calvert-Lewin (7)

Rattled the crossbar with a looping header and earned the second penalty but was denied the chance to score from the spot by Jordan Henderson. Had a couple of chances and looks a good understudy to Harry Kane.


Jordan Henderson (5)

First football in 106 days for the Liverpool skipper following groin surgery as he aims to be fit for the finals but his comeback was slightly ruined as he missed a penalty.

Declan Rice (6)

Took over the role as the defensive-minded midfielder and is likely to keep that place against Croatia.

Jude Bellingham (6)

Almost headed home his first senior England goal as the youngster again impressed.

Kieran Trippier (6)

Showed his versatility by once again operating at left-back from where he sent in a couple of decent corners.

Jesse Lingard (6)

Showed some good touches and urgency from off the bench.

Ollie Watkins (5)

Missed a decent late chance to grab his second England goal.

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Warren Barner