England vs Austria: Preview, TV Channel, Live Stream & More

Craig Hanson 2 weeks ago

The Three Lions play the first of two friendlies ahead of Euro 2020

Delayed by one year due to the coronavirus pandemic, Euro 2020 is almost upon us. Before the tournament officially kicks off, many nations are playing friendlies to give them a chance to figure out who will make their final squads, who will start games, and what style of play they intend to implement. At the Riverside Stadium in Middlesbrough, England and Austria will hope to do just that. Gareth Southgate's men face a tricky group containing Croatia - who famously knocked them out of World Cup 2018 at the semi final stage, bitter rivals Scotland and a resurgent Czech Republic. Austria will meet sleeping giants Netherlands, dark horses Ukraine and outsiders North Macedonia in a group from which they will have aspirations of qualifying. It should be an intriguing encounter with both nations entering their final preparations with the Euros just days away.

Preview: England vs Austria

The Three Lions come into this game on the back of three World Cup qualifying victories over San Marino, Albania and Poland. The latter of the three was the only real task as Gareth Southgate and his men only got away with an unconvincing 2-1 win over the Poles. While on paper, Austria present an equally tough test as Poland with a squad boasting the likes of David Alaba and Marcel Sabitzer, they are not in good shape as of late. In World Cup qualifying, they were held to a 2-2 draw by Scotland, only beat the Faroe Islands 3-1 and worryingly lost 4-0 to Denmark. Technically this, being a friendly, should have less riding on it than those competitive qualifying games but expect an uptick in intensity from the Austrians who will be desperate to build some positive momentum before they begin the Euros against North Macedonia.

Team News: England vs Austria

This week will be key for England boss Gareth Southgate in terms of knowing what he has to deal with. He named a 33-man provisional squad, which will be trimmed down to 26 later today at 5pm. It seems this decision was made due to the large of number of injury doubts in the squad and players only recently returning to fitness. Harry Maguire and Jordan Henderson are beyond crucial for the Three Lions but both face late tests to make the squad. There are also several players who have missed large periods of the season, like Jack Grealish, who may not be deemed fully up to speed. Even after the squad is picked, these friendlies will be important in terms of deciding who will make the first team for the opening match. We could learn a lot from these games as players who played in European finals are rested, fringe players are given a chance to shine and key individuals struggle to prove their fitness.

In Austria team news, they will be without former West Ham United forward Marko Arnautovic, currently plying his trade in China, due to a thigh injury, but fortunately for them he has been named in the squad for Euro 2020 itself. Karim Onisiwo is also a doubt after sustaining an injury in training and Stefan Ilsanker will be missing due to illness. Crucially for the Austrians, captain Julian Baumgartlinger will be fit to start, as will new Real Madrid signing David Alaba.

Possible lineups:

England - Pickford, Trippier, Coady, Mings, Shaw, Henderson, Rice, Bellingham, Sancho, Kane, Saka

Austria - Lindner, Lainer, Posch, Dragovic, Ulmer, Schlager, Grillitsch, Baumgartner, Sabitzer, Alaba, Kalajdzic

Prediction: England vs Austria

It's always difficult to predict a friendly game ahead of a major tournament. I see both managers picking the best sides available to them, when taking into account injuries and rest time. I think Austria will be up for it as they need to move on from that devastating defeat by Denmark. Even so, England should have too much quality for them and a low scoring win seems to be on the cards.

Prediction: England 2-1 Austria

How to watch England vs Austria free on live TV

England vs Austria takes place tomorrow, Wednesday 2 June 2021. This match will be televised on free-to-air television thanks to ITV. Fans can catch all the action on ITV1 with coverage starting at 19.30 with build up and analysis ahead of kick off at 20.00

How to watch England vs Austria online via live stream

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