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England U21 2-1 Romania U21

England Under 21s win friendly against Romania
Demarai Gray captained England for the first time

England Under-21s earned their fifth successive victory with a friendly win against Romania in Wolverhampton.

Leicester City winger Demarai Gray, who captained the side, fired England ahead with the aid of a deflection.

Aidy Boothroyd's side doubled their lead after half-time when defender Jake Clarke-Salter marked his debut with a goal by heading in a left-wing cross.

Keeper Dean Henderson's mistake allowed Romania's Valentin Costache to narrow the gap, but England hung on to win.

Henderson, who is on loan at Shrewsbury from Manchester United, produced a fine save from an injury-time free-kick before Kyle Walker-Peters blocked another goalbound shot.

The battling win was the perfect preparation for the Young Lions as they look to strengthen their position in qualifying for the 2019 European Championship.

England are top of their six-team group at the halfway stage of the campaign with four successive wins after an opening draw with the Netherlands in September.

Boothroyd's side host Ukraine at Bramall Lane in Sheffield in their next qualifier on Tuesday.

The friendly against Romania at Molineux was staged as the Cyrille Regis International in tribute to the former England striker who died aged 59 earlier this year.

Line-ups

England U21

Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 1Henderson
  • 2Alexander-Arnold
  • 5Tomori
  • 6Clarke-Salter
  • 3Walker-Peters
  • 8Maitland-NilesSubstituted forOnomahat 70'minutes
  • 4Ejaria
  • 7DowellSubstituted forMaddisonat 84'minutes
  • 11Lookman
  • 10GraySubstituted forKennyat 59'minutes
  • 9AbrahamSubstituted forCalvert-Lewinat 84'minutes

Substitutes

  • 12Calvert-Lewin
  • 13Burgoyne
  • 14Chilwell
  • 15Davies
  • 16Fry
  • 19Kenny
  • 20Maddison
  • 21Onomah
  • 23Worrall
  • 24R Sessegnon

Romania U21

Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 1Radu
  • 17ButeanSubstituted forCapusaat 86'minutes
  • 5Ghita
  • 4Pascanu
  • 3RaduSubstituted forOlteanuat 69'minutes
  • 8OaidaSubstituted forCiobanuat 45'minutes
  • 16NedelcuSubstituted forDumitrescuat 86'minutes
  • 14DobreSubstituted forCostacheat 62'minutes
  • 10Hagi
  • 7Coman
  • 9IvanSubstituted forPetreat 69'minutes

Substitutes

  • 2Capusa
  • 6Popa
  • 11Petre
  • 12Stoian
  • 13Dumitrescu
  • 15Iacob
  • 18Rus
  • 19Costache
  • 20Ciobanu
  • 22Olteanu
  • 23Tordai
Referee:
Iwan Griffith
Attendance:
15,314

Match Stats

Home TeamEngland U21Away TeamRomania U21
Possession
Home62%
Away38%
Shots
Home17
Away12
Shots on Target
Home4
Away5
Corners
Home10
Away3
Fouls
Home6
Away18

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, England U21 2, Romania U21 1.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, England U21 2, Romania U21 1.

  3. Post update

    Foul by Ovie Ejaria (England U21).

  4. Post update

    Doru Dumitrescu (Romania U21) wins a free kick on the right wing.

  5. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Valentin Costache (Romania U21) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

  6. Post update

    Corner, Romania U21. Conceded by Trent Alexander-Arnold.

  7. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Florinel Teodor Coman (Romania U21) left footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked.

  8. Post update

    Attempt saved. Florinel Teodor Coman (Romania U21) right footed shot from long range on the left is saved in the centre of the goal.

  9. Post update

    Foul by Jonjoe Kenny (England U21).

  10. Post update

    Florinel Teodor Coman (Romania U21) wins a free kick on the left wing.

  11. Post update

    Attempt missed. Adrian Petre (Romania U21) header from the centre of the box is too high. Assisted by Ianis Hagi with a cross.

  12. Post update

    Attempt missed. Dominic Calvert-Lewin (England U21) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by James Maddison following a fast break.

  13. Post update

    Attempt missed. Dominic Calvert-Lewin (England U21) left footed shot from the left side of the box is just a bit too high. Assisted by James Maddison.

  14. Post update

    Foul by Jonjoe Kenny (England U21).

  15. Post update

    Florinel Teodor Coman (Romania U21) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  16. Substitution

    Substitution, Romania U21. Tiberiu Capusa replaces Mihai Butean.

  17. Substitution

    Substitution, Romania U21. Doru Dumitrescu replaces Dragos Nedelcu.

  18. Post update

    James Maddison (England U21) hits the left post with a right footed shot from the right side of the box. Assisted by Josh Onomah with a through ball.

  19. Post update

    Delay over. They are ready to continue.

  20. Substitution

    Substitution, England U21. Dominic Calvert-Lewin replaces Tammy Abraham.

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