England Edge Past Austria

Last updated : 03 June 2021 By Three Lions

Wednesday evening saw a low-key Euro 2020 warm-up win for England, Bukayo Saka's first international goal enough to defeat fellow finalists Austria.

With a starting XI unlikely to bear much resemblance to that which faces Croatia in the tournament opener, England were neat and tidy in the opening half without offering too much penetration behind a well-organised Austrian defence.

A move of genuine quality and pace 11 minutes into the second-half saw Saka in the right place to slot into an empty net but the ensuing raft of substitutions saw the game degenerate into a bitty affair in which the visiting side did most of the pressing.

England's defence lived on their nerves at times and the evening was overshadowed as Trent Alexander-Arnold hobbled off the pitch in clear discomfort after pulling up with what appeared to be a thigh injury.

"It's not a good situation that he's had to walk off in some discomfort," Gareth Southgate told BBC Radio 5 Live after the game.

England will look to step up their preparations on Sunday against Romania, the return of the Chelsea and Manchester City contingent likely to mean a much-changed side.