England and Austria come together in this Euro 2020 warm-up fixture at Middlesbrough’s Riverside Stadium on Wednesday night. The Three Lions are one of the favourites to win this summer’s rearranged tournament, and they need to get their campaign off to a good start here.
Where and when: Riverside Stadium – 2 June, kick-off 20:00
Where you can see England vs Austria: ITV
Last time: Peter Crouch netted the only goal of the game when these countries last played each other, which was in a 2007 friendly in Vienna.
England v Austria Predictions and Preview
Momentum is everything in tournament football, and England need to build a positive atmosphere going into Euro 2020. The Three Lions will play all of their group games at Wembley, but it’s off to the North East and the Riverside for this friendly fixture against Austria.
Gareth Southgate has a talented squad bursting with exciting youngsters and a nice blend of experienced older heads. Captain Harry Kane is one of the world’s finest strikers, but the Tottenham man must put thoughts of his future out of his head coming into a massive six weeks for his country.
The Three Lions are hoping to go all the way to Wembley for the Euro 2020 final on 11 July, with the semi-finals also taking place under the famous arch in London. The road to that game starts here, and the home team are the favourites to strike out upon it with a win in these England v Austria predictions.
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England to win to nil
England to win 5-0
England to win both halves
Southgate has been building something impressive since taking over as Three Lions boss in 2016. This current squad has a tighter team spirit than in previous years, but now is the time for this gifted set of players to deliver.
Austria, however, will hope to upset the odds and be the proverbial fly in the ointment for Southgate and the English fans in attendance on Wednesday night. Franco Foda’s side suffered a 4-0 defeat at the hands of Denmark in their last game though, while it’s been three years since they beat a big team.
England also lost to Denmark last year, one of two defeats in their last seven games, with the other coming against Belgium. The Three Lions beat the Red Devils a month before that though, and anything other than a home win here would constitute a major surprise.
One to watch for England: Jadon Sancho is likely to get a chance from the start in this game, giving him the opportunity to stake a claim for a place in Southgate’s line-up for the upcoming Euro 2020 opener.
One to watch for Austria: Marko Arnautovic is well known to Premier League fans, and the former Stoke City and West Ham United forward will be keen to impress on his return to England.
Long shot: England won’t have their first-choice XI on the field for this game, but if you fancy the Three Lions to stake their claim as one of the Euro 2020 favourites with a big win, you could get on the hosts for a convincing 5-0 victory. Adding Kane as the first scorer will give your odds a nice boost as part of our England v Austria tips for this game.