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With their friendlies all done and dusted now, England will start their final preparations for their Euros opener. You sense there's plenty more to come from them, whoever starts against Croatia next week. That's all for now. Goodbye!
England weren't entirely convincing here but they'll be satisfied with how they upped their game in the second half. Grealish will be in Southgate's thoughts to start England's first Euro 2020 game against Croatia after creating the winning goal, while Ward-Prowse did all he could to play his way into the final squad. It's all up to Southgate now.
England continue their record of not losing their last match before an international tournament. Rashford's penalty proved to be the difference between them and Romania in the end, although it should really have been 2-0 as Henderson missed his own spot-kick. Romania were rough and ready and could have snatched a draw on another day.
90' + 3'
FULL-TIME: ENGLAND 1-0 ROMANIA
90' + 1'
Stanciu goes for goal from the free-kick but England's wall does its job. The hosts breathe a sigh of relief. There'll be three minutes more of this.
Bellingham commits an ill-judged challenge on Stanciu just in front of England's box. Romania have the chance to nick a draw.
The substitute Lingard receives a pass from Bellingham and has a shot blocked outside the box. England should have put this game to bed by now.
Hagi takes a pot shot from more than 35 yards out and it's blocked. The only reason Romania are still in this game is due to England's profligacy.
England win a corner off Stanciu and force another decent opportunity to confirm their second half dominance. Godfrey gets on the end of Trippier's cross and Watkins fires wide from the right of the six-yard box.
Romania substitution. Nedelcearu off. Rus on.
Bellingham nearly seals the win for England! The teenager drifts to the far post to reach Watkins' cross from the right of the box and his header from close range is blocked by Chiriches! England get a corner, and Mings heads over from Trippier's ball in.
England give another of their standby players a late run-out. Watkins replaces Calvert-Lewin up front.
Calvert-Lewin gets into the right of the box from Henderson's pass and aims for the bottom right corner. Nita is in a good place to stop it going in.
Paun also goes off for Romania. Baluta is his replacement.
Romania make a few more changes. Budescu comes on for Cicaldau.
Henderson will be disappointed with his penalty which he smashed at goal. It was very different to Rashford's approach and ultimately less successful.
NITA SAVES THE PENALTY! Henderson is the England player to take the penalty but his shot is at a good height for the Romania keeper who dives the right way to keep it out! Nita gets back up to save Bellingham's follow-up.
PENALTY FOR ENGLAND! Seconds after Chiriches accidentally catches the head of Grealish, the Romania captain climbs all over Calvert-Lewin and brings him down, handing England their second penalty of the game. Romania look a crude side. It's easy to see why they haven't made it to the Euros.
Trippier also comes on for the last 15 minutes, slotting in at left-back. Shaw is the player to make way.
Here are some more England changes. Lingard - another player looking to sneak into England's final squad - comes on. England's goalscorer Rashford goes off.
Cicaldau has a shot blocked in the centre of the box and Johnstone pulls off a fine stop to keep the rebound out! The West Brom keeper gets across to save as Ivan smashes the ball towards the bottom left corner. Romania get a corner but do nothing with it.
Paun gets a free-kick in his own half as Rashford challenges him unfairly. It doesn't feel like Romania have an equaliser in them but there's still time.
That's Rashford's 12th England goal and his fifth in his last six appearances. He's become the seventh Man United player to start as captain and score in the same game for England. He'll be a key man for England at the Euros for sure.
GOAL! ENGLAND 1-0 ROMANIA! Rashford steps up and calmly dispatches the penalty into the bottom right corner of the goal. England should be able to ease to victory now.
PENALTY FOR ENGLAND! Grealish darts into the box from the left and cuts across Capusa. Capusa catches the midfielder's trailing leg and the referee points to the spot. Grealish has been at the heart of England's good work from open play here.
Alibec also goes off. The Rangers midfielder Hagi - son of Gheorghe - comes on.
Romania make their first change of the game. Capusa replaces Sorescu at right-back.
Sancho, who's been quiet this half, is next to come off. Bellingham comes on for England.
England substitution. Ward-Prowse's Euro 2020 try-out is over. He's done his chances no harm here. Rice is his replacement.
Cicaldau earns Romania a free-kick down the left. Romania enjoy a rare spell in possession but don't create anything of note.
Rashford steers a shot wide as Calvert-Lewin's flick-on sends him through on goal. Nedelcearu did well to keep up with Rashford and put him off finding the target.
Mings clears Sorescu's cross. The Dinamo Bucharest right-back has been Romania's best player over the last hour.
Ward-Prowse goes straight for goal from the free-kick to the left of Romania's box. Nita has it covered.
Ivan hauls down Shaw as the England left-back looks to burst past him. A yellow card is Ivan's reward.
Grealish fashions a chance for Rashford who tries to slalom his way through the box. Rashford takes a touch too many though and Romania clear.
Calvert-Lewin goes down briefly holding his knee. Thankfully it looks like he'll be fine to continue.
Romania are getting chances but aren't taking them. Sorescu hits the ball on the volley from near the D, slicing it just wide of the left-hand post. Cicaldau drifts into the box seconds later and fires into the side netting.
Grealish and Henderson advance through the middle and the former goes down but is denied a foul. Romania counter and Godfrey gets across to stop Pauri.
Calvert-Lewin chases after a pass down the line but can't quite keep it in play. England haven't given their striker very much to work with from open play.
Sorescu's cross is missed by Mings again and Romania sense an opportunity. Marin's shot isn't an entirely comfortable one and England defend it well, handing Romania a throw-in.
Romania start the second half as they did the first by fouling Grealish down England's left. Ward-Prowse sends in a tantalising cross and Calvert-Lewin knocks it straight into Nita's midriff. England's best chance of scoring here is probably from a set-piece.
Romania get the second half going. The visitors resist making any changes themselves.
England make a substitution at half-time. Henderson replaces Phillips. It's the Liverpool captain's first appearance in any match for 106 days.
England's established players are performing OK but it's Ward-Prowse who's caught the eye so far. The Southampton midfielder attempted more crosses and created more chances than any other player in the first half, completing 100 per cent of his passes too. He's staking a claim to be Trent Alexander-Arnold's replacement in England's final squad.
It's all square at half-time as England have struggled to break Romania down. The hosts have hit the woodwork twice through Calvert-Lewin and Sancho but have mustered just one shot on target so far, with Romania managing three. Southgate will want to see more from his side after the break.
45' + 1'
HALF-TIME: ENGLAND 0-0 ROMANIA
45' + 1'
White gets across quickly to prevent Ivan from getting into the box. Radoi will be the happier of the two bosses so far.
There'll be just the one additional minute at the end of these opening 45 minutes.
Sorescu surges into space down the right and plays a one-two with Ivan to burst into the box. Johnstone saves the right-back's shot with his feet and Stanciu fires high and wide on the follow-up. England can't afford to switch off yet.
England have hit the woodwork twice in the first half of a game for the first time since they faced Tunisia at the 2018 World Cup. England went on to win that game late on 2-1. Romania are proving equally stubborn opponents so far.
Grealish is brought down by Sorescu and earns England another free-kick. Ward-Prowse sends it in and Rashford's penalised for blocking Chiriches' run.
England hit the woodwork again! Sancho jinks inside from the left and rattles the crossbar with a thumping effort from range. The hosts are getting closer to an opening goal.
Stanciu fires wide from more than 35 yards out. Rashford finds himself short of options and goes straight for goal with a low shot from some way out. It's a simple save for Nita but it's England's first shot on target.
Romania beat England's press and Mings catches Alibec near the halfway line. Mings smiles sheepishly and apologises to the referee.
That chance might inspire England to up their tempo. Ward-Prowse is certainly making a case for his inclusion in Southgate's squad with his great set-piece deliveries.
Calvert-Lewin hits the crossbar! Ward-Prowse swings the free-kick in from the right and the Everton striker connects with a looping header which rebounds off the woodwork. Nita was well beaten.
Grealish complains to the referee as Cicaldau pushes him in the back, giving England a free-kick. The Aston Villa midfielder's been fouled a few times already.
Paun goes for a volley from outside the box from Sorescu's cutback, forcing an easy save from Johnstone.
England are dominating possession but they're not really getting anywhere. The hosts have had 68 per cent of the ball so far.
Phillips chips a pass towards Godfrey at the edge of the box. Godfrey can't master it and it goes out for a Romania goal-kick.
Rashford wants a penalty as Chiriches comes across to bundle him over in the box. The referee isn't convinced but Rashford looks lively at the moment.
Rashford beats Sorescu and gets a cross in from the byline only for Romania to block it. England keep the ball moving and Godfrey gets a rush of blood to the head when he enters the box, cutting in on his left foot to skid an effort wide.
England play the waiting game, knocking the ball around slowly before trying to free Rashford with a throughball. Nita races out of his goal to smother it.
Rashford looks to dribble through Romania's defence but is soon dispossessed. Romania are looking solid so far.
Romania claim Johnstone's poor ball upfield and Sorescu sends a cross in from the right. Ivan can't meet it cleanly with his head and Godfrey is alert enough to clear at the far post.
Nedelcearu clears Ward-Prowse's fine corner. England keep the pressure on and Grealish fires over from distance.
White clips the ball over the top for Rashford. Rashford doesn't win it but Shaw arrives in support, forcing Nedelcearu into an awkward clearance. England get a corner out of it.
Grealish reaches the byline and looks for Calvert-Lewin in the six-yard box, winning England their first corner of the game. Ward-Prowse's corner is cleared but Romania get a free-kick anyway.
Sancho darts in behind and skips into the box on his left foot. The Borussia Dortmund winger goes for the top left corner but his shot whizzes over the crossbar.
Camora beats Godfrey on the overlap and sticks the ball into the centre for Marin. Marin's tame shot is straight at Johnstone though. Godfrey is displeased at Sancho for switching off and losing his man.
Phillips's ambitious effort from distance is off-target. The Leeds man has quickly become a Southgate favourite. Only Mount and Rice have made more starts for England since his debut last September.
Ward-Prowse pings a promising pass wide left towards Rashford but the England captain is unable to keep the ball in play.
England get settled on the ball, with the Manchester United players Shaw and Rashford exchanging passes. It'll be interesting to see how the two Bens, White and Godfrey, fare. Southgate has said they're still in with a chance of making it into his final Euros squad of 26 players.
England, playing in blue here, get off to a nervous start as Romania force a corner off Mings. The ball reaches Romania's striker Alibec whose shot from the right of the six-yard box fizzes wide of the top right corner.
England get this friendly underway!
England and Romania come out on the pitch in Middlesbrough, standing for their respective national anthems. The two teams take a knee. There's applause but also still a smattering of boos, despite England recently urging support for the gesture.
England have a strange record against Romania, having won none of their last seven meetings. England last beat Romania at the 1970 World Cup, while Romania won these teams' last meeting at Euro 2000 by a 3-2 margin, a game in which Southgate appeared as a substitute. All four of these nations' previous meetings in England have ended in a draw. Is history about to repeat itself?
Southgate makes nine changes to England from their 1-0 win over Austria midweek, handing Johnstone, Godfrey, and White their full England debuts. Rashford, 23, becomes the youngest player to start a match as England captain since Michael Owen in 2003. There are six changes to Romania from their home defeat to Georgia. Sassuolo defender Chiriches, previously a Tottenham player, captains the side.
SUBS: Adrian Rus, Alexandru Maxim, Cristian Ganea, Ianis Hagi, Olimpiu Vasile Morutan, Florin Iacob, Darius Olaru, Alexandru Mihail Baluta, Constantin Budescu, Tiberiu Capusa, Andrei Vlad.
ROMANIA (4-3-3): Florin Nita; Deian Sorescu, Ionut Nedelcearu, Vlad Chiriches (c), Camora; Nicolae Stanciu, Razvan Marin, Alexandru Cicaldau; Andrei Ivan, Denis Alibec, Alexandru Paun. .
SUBS: Jordan Henderson, Dean Henderson, Jesse Lingard, Harry Kane, Declan Rice, Jordan Pickford, Kieran Trippier, Aaron Ramsdale, Ollie Watkins, Jude Bellingham, Conor Coady.
ENGLAND (4-3-3): Sam Johnstone; Ben Godfrey, Ben White, Tyrone Mings, Luke Shaw; James Ward-Prowse, Kalvin Phillips, Jack Grealish; Jadon Sancho, Dominic Calvert-Lewin, Marcus Rashford (c).
Romania won't be at Euro 2020 and shouldn't prove too much of a test for England, having shipped 17 goals in their last six away matches. However, England have historically struggled against the eastern Europeans. Mirel Radoi will be hoping his side can at least make England work for what should be a win in front of a home crowd.
England welcome Romania to Middlesbrough for their last preparation game before Euro 2020. The Three Lions haven't lost their final match in the run-up to a major tournament since 1968. With England set to play their first group game against Croatia next weekend, this is the players' last chance to impress their boss Gareth Southgate in a match setting.
Hello! Welcome to our live text commentary of this pre-Euro 2020 international friendly match between England and Romania at the Riverside Stadium, Middlesbrough.