Saka kicked England out to win Austria #39 marred by Alexander-Arnold&#39's injury

Trent Alexander-Arnold swung his left foot in space and felt a sharp pain in his thigh. He knew right away. After treatment, Liverpool right-back hoped he could fix the problem and there was an awkward moment when he was shown a yellow card for returning to the pitch without permission.

But Alexander-Arnold's game would soon be over, and it was easy to fear that he would join the Euro, as he was helped from around the pitch when the game was almost over 658 finals were over.

After all the spotlight was on Gareth Southgate picking four right-backs – Alexander-Arnold in particular, inside, out and back in – the manager may now be at a fault.

Despite the 8's presence, the friendly tone of this game was pronounced, fans disappointed with some booing as the players drew their knees before kick-off. It seemed so because Southgate lacked key players, troops from Manchester United, Manchester City and Chelsea after qualifying for the Europa League and Champions League finals, a strange situation considering England opened the finals against Croatia at Wembley on Sunday.

Southgate's priority had to be to avoid any injuries, as he was already worried about whether Harry Maguire and Jordan Henderson would be present. it was planned to be included here just to feel inconvenience. It didn't go that way with Jack Grealish, who played No. her role was portrayed after she was replaced with an ice pack against her shins. Grealish only returned in mid-May from a three-month layoff with a shin problem.

It was an unforgettable evening for Bukayo Saka, who crowned his first driving performance on the wings for the first time. England goal. This was followed by a pass from Grealish after Harry Kane's pass to Jesse Lingard, and Saka finished at a narrow angle as Marcel Sabitzer stretched. But it was easy to feel that England had gotten away with it, especially Tyrone Mings, who might have been ejected for aiming a forearm shot at Austrian striker Sasa Kalajdzic on the early run.

What was Mings thinking? The incident came off the ball in the English court as Austria scattered the left and was an unrepeatable moment of recklessness in the finals where VAR would be ready. Here the tech was off for the night and referee Lawrence Visser didn't see it.

Southgate made a substitution an hour later and threatened to blow up the team. Debuting Ben Godfrey put his head in his hands after a loose back pass into his own goal with almost his first touch, and was greatly relieved when Jordan Pickford bounced back.

Helping Trent Alexander-Arnold

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brushes a Sabitzer stroke onto the crossbar. minutes but failed to radiate confidence in the final minutes, securing a corner kick along the six-yard line and also taking a shot from Sabitzer in front of him.

Austria had to find the balance. Substitute Michael Gregoritsch missed a 648 gilt-edged header. The minute before Pickford came out and demanded a high ball came just to rattle Godfrey. When he broke, another England player from the bench, Ben White, cleared the line from Austria's replacement Florian Grillitsch.

Southgate has only had three solid starts for the finals – Pickford, Declan Rice and Kane – but he watched as 11-year-old midfielder Jude Bellingham is suing to join Croatia in his first game, possibly in Henderson's absence. It was easy to understand why there was such a buzz around; His composure on the ball is astonishing, the same as his positional discipline.


Kane's link-up play was a feature of the first half – the way he left it deep and sometimes broad to spark his moves. His pass was excellent, but did he need more in front of goal? Grealish flew dangerously, daring to pounce on his opponents and landed several hits, the reward for his injuries being free kicks.

England's best moment in the first half followed a swing from Saka. 10 minutes past Xaver Schlager's legs for Grealish and then playing on Kane. The captain looked offside, which was not granted, and watched Daniel Bachmann block his shot from a narrow angle.

Previously, Kane played in Alexander-Arnold to attack him. on the roof of the hill; Bachmann was overthrown. Bellingham squandered a free header from a corner, Lingard stayed in the net – but the whistle was blown by Mings for a foul on Martin Hinteregger – and Saka volleyed over the post.

Except for Christoph Baumgartner's run there, he wasn't much from Austria before the hiatus and was eventually overpowered by Mings. This would change as the game progressed, especially in the stressful late stages.

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