England v Austria LIVE: Jesse Lingard starts alongside Trent Alexander-Arnold as Three Lions face first Euro 2020 warm-up clash – full talkSPORT commentary

England begin their warm-up for the European Championship tonight as they host Austria in an international friendly.

Gareth Southgate named his final 26-man squad yesterday and they now have just over a week to fine tune their preparations.

Gareth Southgate’s England take on Austria in a friendly tonight
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The Three Lions will face Austria first and then Romania on Sunday – both at Middlesbrough’s Riverside Stadium – before their tournament opener against Croatia on Sunday, June 13.

England are among the favourites for glory this summer and Southgate has said anything but reaching the semi-finals will be a failure.

Several players will be missing this evening due to the teen European finals but that will give some others the chance to impress.

Southgate will want an assured display against the Austrians and a confidence builder ahead of their huge summer.

England v Austria: How to listen

This match will get under way at 8pm on Wednesday, June 2.

Full coverage from the Riverside Stadium in Middlesbrough will be live on talkSPORT, with our pre-match build-up starting at 7pm.

Mark Saggers will be your host and commentary will come from Jim Proudfoot and Stuart Pearce.

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Lingard is set to start for England tonight despite being cut from their 26-man Euro 2020 squad
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England v Austria: Confirmed team news

Trent Alexander-Arnold came back into the England team for their Euro 2020 warm-up friendly against Austria.

The Three Lions began preparations for the finals with the game at Middlesbrough’s Riverside Stadium and – after a furore around his inclusion – Liverpool full-back Alexander-Arnold started at right-back.

Kieran Trippier, another of the four right-backs in Gareth Southgate’s squad, shifted across to left-back as Tyrone Mings and Conor Coady started as the central defensive duo.

Jude Bellingham was handed his first senior start at the age of 17, while Arsenal winger Bukayo Saka also came into the team.

There were starts for Jack Grealish, whose timely return to fitness at the end of the season presented him with a chance to stake his claim for a place in Southgate’s side at the Euros, and Jesse Lingard – who missed out on a place in the 26-man squad for the finals.

The team for the European Championship opener against Croatia is likely to be markedly different as Southgate was unable to call on players from Chelsea, Manchester City and Manchester United following their European finals last week.

England: Pickford, Alexander-Arnold, Coady, Mings, Trippier, Bellingham, Rice, Saka, Lingard, Grealish, Kane.

Subs: Calvert-Lewin, Johnstone, Godfrey, Phillips, White, Watkins, Ward-Prowse, Henderson, Sancho, Ramsdale

Austria: Bachmann, Friedl, Hinteregger, Dragovic, Lainer, Laimer, Baumgartner, Schlager, Alaba, Sabitzer, Kalajdzic

Subs: Pervan, Alexander Schlager, Baumgartlinger, Gregoritsch,
Grillitsch, Ilsanker, Lienhart, Posch, Schaub, Schopf, Trimmel,
Ulmer.

Southgate has selected Kane as his captain for the Euros
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England’s 26-man Euros squad

Goalkeepers: Dean Henderson (Manchester United), Sam Johnstone (West Bromwich Albion), Jordan Pickford (Everton)

Defenders: Trent Alexander-Arnold (Liverpool), Ben Chilwell (Chelsea), Conor Coady (Wolves), Reece James (Chelsea), Harry Maguire (Manchester United), Tyrone Mings (Aston Villa), Luke Shaw (Manchester United), John Stones (Manchester City), Kieran Trippier (Atletico Madrid), Kyle Walker (Manchester City)

Midfielders: Jude Bellingham (Dortmund), Jordan Henderson (Liverpool), Mason Mount (Chelsea), Kalvin Phillips (Leeds United), Declan Rice (West Ham)

Forwards: Dominic Calvert-Lewin (Everton), Phil Foden (Manchester City), Jack Grealish (Aston Villa), Harry Kane (Tottenham), Marcus Rashford (Manchester United), Bukayo Saka (Arsenal), Jadon Sancho (Dortmund), Raheem Sterling (Manchester City)

England v Austria: What has been said?

On deciding to play Lingard having left him out, Southgate said: “Jesse has had a good spell with West Ham and is someone who has played so well with England.

“We have total trust in the way he plays, he is reliable, a great member of the group.

“He will start tomorrow [Wednesday] because Sancho is ill and a lot of players are not available. He deserves that opportunity to show me I am wrong straight away. 

“We have to keep the standby players match ready in case they come back into that squad.

“They deserve it, their commitment to stay with the group, the respect for their team-mates to be here, shows what playing for England means to this group of players.

“It is important the public know that because sometimes people dismiss the importance of England caps and what it means to players.”