England player ratings vs Romania: Jack Grealish shines but two stars get 5s despite win

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England beat Romania at the Riverside Stadium in their final warm-up match ahead of Euro 2020. Although Jordan Henderson missed a second-half penalty, Marcus Rashford’s earlier spot-kick was enough for Gareth Southgate’s side to clinch a 1-0 victory in Middlesbrough. Express Sport rates England’s players after their second of two friendly triumphs just days after Bukayo Saka’s strike gave the Three Lions a win by the same scoreline against Austria.

England player ratings vs Romania

Sam Johnstone – 7

Brilliant save from Andrei Ivan will have settled a load of England nerves ahead of the tournament.

Ben Godfrey – 6

One left foot shot woefully off target and nervy in defence. Thankfully we’re okay for right-backs.

Ben White – 6

Slow building a rapport with Tyrone Mings and still some way short of a Maguire replacement.

Tyrone Mings – 5

First time in an England shirt where he did not quite look the part. Seemed strangely uncertain.

Luke Shaw – 7

Clearly determined to give Chilwell a run for his money for left-back squad. Good going forward.

Jack Grealish – 8

Always looked to make something happen with his runs and finally won England a penalty.

Kalvin Phillips – 6

Did his best to fill the holes that appeared in defence but seemed just a little short due to injury.

James Ward-Prowse – 7

Some intelligent passing, good work rate and set-piece delivery is dangerous. Staked a real claim.

Marcus Rashford – 7

Led the team well. Should have had a penalty himself and converted the one England did get.

Dominic Calvert-Lewin – 7

Showed set-piece threat with header against bar, won penalty and might have had hat-trick.

Jadon Sancho – 7

Rasping shot against the bar showed his ability and he will catch defences out this summer for sure.


Jordan Henderson (on for Phillips min 46) – 5

Jude Bellingham (on for Sancho min 65) – 6 

Declan Rice (on for Ward-Prowse min 65) – 6

Kieran Trippier (on for Shaw, min 75) – N/A

Jesse Lingard (on for Rashford, min 75) – N/A

Ollie Watkins (on for Calvert-Lewin, min 82) – N/A

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