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Preview: England vs. Austria - prediction, team news, lineups

Sports Mole previews Wednesday's international friendly clash between England and Austria, including predictions, team news and possible lineups.

England will take part in the first of two Euro 2020 warm-up friendlies when they welcome Austria to the Riverside Stadium in Middlesbrough on Wednesday.

Gareth Southgate's side kick off their European Championship campaign against Croatia on June 13, but first will prepare for their latest tilt at silverware with games against Austria and Romania in the North-East.

Match preview

England's Harry Maguire celebrates scoring against Poland on March 31, 2021© Reuters

One year later than planned, and now three years since their memorable run to the World Cup semi-final, England will enter this summer's European Championship as one of the favourites to lift the trophy.

Home advantage in the latter stages - should they make it that far - and a gifted group of young players, many of whom have arguably benefitted from the postponement of the tournament, mean that there will be more expectation on England's shoulders in this tournament compared to Russia 2018.

Southgate has just two games to run the rule over his squad before their opening fixture - a repeat of that World Cup semi-final against Croatia - with matches against Austria and Romania giving fringe payers one final chance to work his way into his plans.

England have enjoyed a flawless 2021 so far with three wins from their three World Cup qualifiers in March, seeing off San Marino, Albania and Poland by an aggregate score of 9-1.

The Three Lions will be heavily fancied to continue that winning run in this game, sitting as they do 19 places above Austria in the FIFA World Rankings.

Austria's Christoph Baumgartner celebrates scoring their second goal with teammates on March 28, 2021© Reuters

Franco Foda's side were on the wrong end of a 4-0 home defeat to Denmark in their last outing, but did hold England's Group D opponents Scotland to a 2-2 draw in their opening World Cup qualifier.

Indeed, the loss to Denmark is their only defeat in their last nine outings, and they will be keen to bounce back ahead of their own Euro 2020 campaign getting underway on June 13 too.

Austria have only reached the European Championships twice before, including once as a host, and they are still waiting for their first ever win at the tournament having crashed out in the group stages with just one point to their name on their previous appearances.

Das Team have been drawn in Group C alongside North Macedonia, Netherlands and Ukraine, and will fancy their chances of finally ending their win drought and even of progressing through to the knockout stages.

A good showing against England would only raise the belief that they could make history and go further than ever before this summer, while Foda's men will also face Slovakia before their tournament opener against North Macedonia.

England international friendlies form:
  • W
  • W

England form (all competitions):
  • W
  • L
  • W
  • W
  • W
  • W

Austria international friendlies form:
  • W
  • W

Austria form (all competitions):
  • W
  • W
  • D
  • D
  • W
  • L

Team News

Manchester United's Harry Maguire goes off injured against Aston Villa in the Premier League on May 9, 2021© Reuters

Southgate will trim his squad down from 33 to 26 the day before this game, having initially named a bigger preliminary squad due to English clubs' involvement in the latter stages of the Champions League and Europa League.

Harry Maguire missed Manchester United's Europa League final defeat to Villarreal through injury and is unlikely to play any part in this opening warm-up match, although England remain hopeful that he will be ready in time for the tournament itself.

Other players who have only recently wrapped up their domestic season - such as Dean Henderson, Ben Chilwell, Reece James, Luke Shaw, John Stones, Kyle Walker, Mason Mount, Phil Foden, Mason Greenwood, Marcus Rashford and Raheem Sterling - may also be given extra time off to recover fully from their European exploits.

Jordan Henderson has not played since February but was on the bench for Liverpool's final game of the Premier League season and should be able to get some much-needed minutes under his belt in this match.

Kalvin Phillips is another injury doubt lingering on from the end of the season, and he will not be risked by Southgate unless he is 100% fit.

Austria will be without former West Ham United forward Marko Arnautovic due to a thigh injury.

There are also injury doubts surrounding Karim Onisiwo, who limped out of training at the weekend, and Stefan Ilsanker, who is suffering from illness.

Captain Julian Baumgartlinger is now back in training and could feature, while new Real Madrid signing David Alaba is available too.

England possible starting lineup:
Pickford; Trippier, Coady, Mings, Shaw; J Henderson, Rice, Bellingham; Sancho, Kane, Grealish

Austria possible starting lineup:
Lindner; Lainer, Hinteregger, Dragovic, Ulmer; X Schlager, Grillitsch; Baumgartner, Sabitzer, Alaba; Grbic

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We say: England 2-0 Austria

England are unlikely to be at full strength for this match, but they should still have enough to see off an Austria side of whom not a great deal is expected at the Euros.

The visitors have plenty of individual talent that could hurt England, but as a team they are lacking the quality and strength in depth that England have, so we expect the Three Lions to kick off their preparations in winning style.

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