Gareth Southgate was UNHAPPY with the shutdown of his attackers during the first half of Romania’s victory

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England boss Gareth Southgate was not happy with the shutdown of his attackers during the first half of Sunday’s friendly win against Romania… and told his side he expects better in fiery team talks at halftime.

Gareth Southgate imposed the law on his attackers during a fiery halftime team meeting amid growing concerns over England’s lack of closure.

The Three Lions boss was unhappy with the way his front line, which consisted of Dominic Calvert-Lewin, Marcus Rashford, Jack Grealish and Jadon Sancho, pressured Romania in the first 45 minutes at the Riverside.

Southgate spoke of his dismay at his team’s defense after Sunday’s win and it is now clear that the England boss told his players in no uncertain terms that he expects better.

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Gareth Southgate laid down the law for his attackers on Sunday during a team meeting at halftime

Gareth Southgate laid down the law for his attackers on Sunday during a team meeting at halftime

The English boss was not satisfied with players like Jadon Sancho (L) and the insistence of the attackers

The English boss was not satisfied with players like Jadon Sancho (L) and the insistence of the attackers

‘There is a lot of work to be done on the training ground. We can’t give up on the number of chances we got today and don’t expect to be punished,” Southgate said.

Sancho, Grealish and Rashford will now be sweating on their starting spots for the England opener against Croatia on Sunday.

If Harry Kane is not injured this week, Calvert-Lewin will start the tournament on the bench, while Sancho can also expect a substitute role at Wembley this weekend.

Rashford and Grealish are hoping to break into Southgate’s first team, though they’re still in the dark about their chances of a starting spot.

Marcus Rashford still hopes to break through to Southgate's starting XI on Sunday

Marcus Rashford still hopes to break through to Southgate’s starting XI on Sunday

Grealish has been a standout performer since breaking through to the roster last season, while Rashford has long been one of Southgate’s key forwards.

But with the rise of Phil Foden and Mason Mount – and Raheem Sterling still a key member of the squad – Grealish and Rashford are not a guaranteed start.

Southgate gave the English players a day off on Monday before preparations begin on Tuesday.

Jack Grealish was man-of-the-match in the friendly win over Romania at Riverside

Jack Grealish was man-of-the-match in the friendly win over Romania at Riverside

Once they have reported for duty, it is unlikely they will be able to see their family during the tournament due to the strict Covid rules at St George’s Park.

On how England’s players want to use their free time, Captain Kane said: ‘We have a cricket ground and maybe we can play a little golf.

“Guys play PlayStation, but I just started Game of Thrones. It will be ready before the end of the tournament.’

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