England manager Gareth Southgate will return to Middlesbrough in June to face Austria and Romania in warm-up fixtures ahead of Euro 2020. The friendly matches will see Southgate returning to his former club, where he was a player and a manager. The 50-year-old spent his final five years as a player at Middlesbrough. He was famously part of the team that win the League Cup in 2004. Later, he also managed the team for three years.
On June 2nd, Southgate’s England will host Austria at the Riverside Stadium. They will next face Romania on June 6th. Last time the England senior men’s team played at the Riverside Stadium was in a qualifier against Slovakia ahead of Euro 2004.
Back then Michael Owen scored both goals for the Three Lions. Not so long ago the England women’s team played there in 2019. They were however beaten 2-1 by Brazil.
England possess a strong record against Austria. Having lost only four times, the Three Lions have won 10 of their 18 encounters with them. The last time England played Austria in 2007, Peter Crouch scored the only goal of the match.
The scenario is different against Romania. England have won only twice and lost three times against them. Famously, at the 2000 European Championship in Belgium, England suffered a 3-2 loss against Romania to get knocked out of the tournament.