England vs Romania: Three Lions look to end 51-year winless run

England welcome Romania to the Riverside stadium in Middlesbrough for their final test before the start of the European Championships.

When: Sunday, May 5, 17:00 BST

How to watch: ITV

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Best Bets

England to win to nil at 10/11 (Betway)

Two-three goals to be scored at 11/10 (bet365)

Dominic Calvert-Lewin to score first at 18/5 (Unibet)

Romania may be ranked 43rd in the world but they could provide a tough test for the Three Lions.

Historically, England have struggled against Tricolorii, managing just two wins from 11 encounters. In fact, England have a worse win record against one other nation - Brazil.

England's Bukayo Saka celebrates with team-mates
England's Bukayo Saka celebrates with team-mates

Romania come into this game having won their last two head-to-heads against England. However, with those games taking place back in 2000 and 1998, they aren't likely to have an impact on this upcoming friendly.

Gareth Southgate's side got the job done against Austria in their previous friendly but the Three Lions certainly didn't make it look easy. England will be looking for a more convincing outing this Sunday.

Last ten head-to-heads

England wins: 1

Draws: 6

Romania wins: 3

England goals: 8

Romania goals: 10

Three England stars training outside of squad

Jordan Henderson was close to marking his England return last Wednesday against Austria. However, due to having some discomfort on the day of the game, the Liverpool man was unable to take part.

The 30-year-old has been training with the Three Lions this week and could feature against Romania.

Jordan Henderson training with the England team
Jordan Henderson training with the England team

Interestingly, Harry Kane, Harry Maguire and Bukayo Saka didn't train with the squad having been moved to what England have described as a 'personal training programme'.

Pre-tournament win is not essential

England don't tend to lose final pre-tournament friendlies. The Three Lions have gone into their last 18 tournaments having avoided defeat.

In fact, their last such defeat came against West Germany ahead of the 1968 Euros - a tournament in which England claimed third place.

England boss, Gareth Southgate
England boss, Gareth Southgate

With that in mind, it's fair to say that friendlies have little effect on how a side performs in the big competitions.

Nevertheless, Southgate's men would certainly prefer to go into Euro 2020 on the back of a victory.

Goalscorer bets

With Harry Kane training away from the squad, it's hard to say whether we'll see the Tottenham striker in action against Romania.

With that in mind, the best man to go with in this market is Dominic Calvert-Lewin.

The Everton man is currently priced at 18/5 to score first with Betway. 

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