Ex-Sheffield United striker Dominic Calvert-Lewin catches the eye as England beat Romania 1-0 in final Euro 2020 warm-up game
Former Sheffield United striker Dominic Calvert-Lewin caught the eye as England beat Romania 1-0 in their final Euro 2020 warm-up game.
The 24-year-old, now a regular goal-scorer for Everton in the Premier League, struck the crossbar in the first half and won a penalty for the hosts in the second period, which was missed by the returning Jordan Henderson.
Calvert-Lewin, who takes spot kicks for his club team, collected the ball after he was fouled by Vlad Chiricheș but skipper Henderson appeared to pull rank on the spot kick before missing it.
Marcus Rashford’s earlier second-half penalty was still enough to give the Three Lions victory, however.
Boss Gareth Southgate said he would talk to Henderson after his decision to take the penalty off Calvert-Lewin.
He said: “We were expecting Dominic to take it, I was expecting Hendo to walk over and tell Dominic to take it. I will see what Hendo’s thought process was. Maybe we will pull rank next time.”
On the game, he added: “I think we had chances to make it more comfortable but so did they. First half we didn’t work hard enough without the ball, simple as that. We were too stretched, we didn’t press well.
“After half-time I felt we improved. It was helpful when we went to a 4-3-3 a bit later. It was a really good exercise, players needed the minutes, we learned a lot from the game. It was good to win.”
Blades keeper Aaron Ramsdale and former Bramall Lane favourite Dean Henderson both made the bench for England but did not see any action as West Brom’s Sam Johnstone completed 90 minutes.
Meanwhile, Sheffield United defender Rhys Norrington-Davies, who spent last season on loan with Luton Town and Stoke City respectively, played 90 minutes as Wales drew 0-0 with Albania in their final warm-up game on Saturday.
John Fleck sat out Scotland’s 1-0 win over Luxembourg on Sunday as he continues to self-isolate at the team's training camp in Spain following a positive coronavirus test.
England’s match on Sunday was overshadowed by more jeers from the crowd inside Middlesbrough’s Riverside Stadium as the players took a knee in support of racial equality in football before kick-off.
Three Lions boss Gareth Southgate’s pleaded with England fans not to boo his players before the game after jeers were heard against Austria on Wednesday, but opposition to the gesture was once again audible.