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England U21s see friendly against Romania CANCELLED after two positive Covid-19 tests

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England U21s’ friendly against Romania in Bucharest on Friday is CANCELLED after two positive Covid-19 tests, with Lee Carsley’s side now staying home ‘as a precaution’

  • England Under-21s were due to travel to Bucharest for a friendly with Romania
  • Two positive tests among the England players and staff has seen it cancelled
  • The Football Association confirmed the side will stay in England ‘as a precaution’ 











England Under-21s’ game in Romania has been cancelled after two positive Covid-19 tests.

The Young Lions were due to play a friendly in Bucharest on Friday but will no longer travel.

A statement from the Football Association read: ‘England men’s under-21s will no longer travel to play Romania on Friday after two positive COVID-19 tests were reported within the party of players and support staff.

Lee Carsley's England U21s will stay in the country after a friendly against Romania was axed

Lee Carsley’s England U21s will stay in the country after a friendly against Romania was axed

‘It has been decided to cancel the trip as a precaution and our thanks go to the Romanian Football Federation for their understanding.

‘The individuals concerned were immediately isolated from the rest of the group, with the squad still based at St George’s Park.’

That isolation for the two affected means that Carsley’s squad are now due to face Kosovo in Milton Keynes on Tuesday in their Euro 2023 qualifying opener without any problems.

England’s senior squad are in Hungary on Thursday but Carsley has seen his first game in charge of the Under 21s pushed back.

Arsenal's Emile Smith Rowe (left) and Liverpool's Curtis Jones (right) are among those in Carsley's first squad as he prepares for his first game since succeeding Aidy Boothroyd

Arsenal’s Emile Smith Rowe (left) and Liverpool’s Curtis Jones (right) are among those in Carsley’s first squad as he prepares for his first game since succeeding Aidy Boothroyd

The former Everton midfielder has been appointed as successor to Aidy Boothroyd.

He named a strong squad for this camp including Arsenal’s Emile Smith Rowe and Chelsea midfielder Conor Gallagher, who is on loan at Crystal Palace under Patrick Vieira this season.

Both Callum Hudson-Odoi of Chelsea and Mason Greenwood of Manchester United are not in the squad.

Hudson-Odoi wants to focus on his club football at this moment and Greenwood was omitted as he is viewed as a member of Gareth Southgate’s senior set-up.  

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