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Four clues Gareth Southgate has given over England team for Euro 2020

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England completed their final preparations before Euro 2020 with a 1-0 victory over Romania at Middlesbrough's Riverside Stadium.

Gareth Southgate named an experimental side as he rested some key figures ahead of the start of the tournament.

And Marcus Rashford, who captained the Three Lions, netted a decisive penalty after elusive Jack Grealish was brought down in the box after the break.

Rashford showed ultimate composure to put away his spot-kick before returning substitute Jordan Henderson had his own penalty saved by Romania shot-stopper Florin Nita.

It was the final time Southgate will see his stars in match-action before the Euros campaign kicks off against Croatia in a fortnight.

Here, Daily Star Sport takes a closer look at Southgate's selection clues from the Riverside…

Ward-Prowse the 26th man?

The debate around the man to replace the injured Trent Alexander-Arnold dominated the build-up to the final Three Lions warm-up fixture.

And the inclusion of James Ward-Prowse in midfield was a hint that the Southampton midfielder could be the chosen one after an unlucky omission.

Ward-Prowse's set-piece delivery was consistently deadly and provides something different to England's squad who lack a dead-ball specialist.

His flawless injury record after playing every minute in the last two Premier League seasons makes him a reliable option.

A strong performance before his second-half substitution means Ward-Prowse could have done enough to make the final cut.

Captain Fantastic

It was a proud moment for Rashford, who led out the Three Lions for the first-time at the age of just 23.

Southgate offering the Manchester United starlet the armband, albeit in an inventive line-up, proves his trust in him as a senior figure in the squad.

And despite running down some blind-alleys in the first-half, he showed his temperament with a fine penalty to decide the game.

Rashford remained free from injury after his 73rd game of the year before being taken off, which will be a big plus for the England boss.

Faith in Mings

Tyrone Mings' inclusion for the second consecutive warm-up indicates he is likely to start against Croatia.

Harry Maguire's injury is a huge concern for Southgate who doesn't have clear favourite to partner John Stones should the United skipper remain out.

But Villa defender Mings kept a second clean sheet in the space of four days at the Riverside.

It wasn't a convincing display for the 28-year-old, who was actually outperformed by Ben White, who missed out on the final 26-man squad.

But his versatility means he could start in a back-four or the left-side of a back-three ahead of Conor Coady against Croatia.

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