Wayne Rooney and England team-mates arrive at their hotel as they get ready for penultimate friendly with Australia

England players arrived at the Hilton Gateshead team hotel in Newcastle on the eve of their friendly with Australia as preparations for Euro 2016 get well and truly under way. Sunderland’s Stadium of Light ground will play host to the penultimate game for the three lions, who will then travel to Wembley for next Thursday’s clash against Portugal ahead of their European Championship Group B opener against Russia. It is 13 years since England faced the Socceroos on that fateful night at Upton Park in February 2003, when Harry Kewell inspired the visiting nation to a shock 3-1 win, as then manager Sven- Goran Eriksson fielded a different team in each half.

Wayne Rooney And England Team-mates Arrive At Their Hotel As They Get Ready For Penultimate Friendly With Australia

England captain Wayne Rooney arrievs at the Hilton in Newcastle ahead of friendly against Australia

Wayne Rooney And England Team-mates Arrive At Their Hotel As They Get Ready For Penultimate Friendly With Australia

Manchester United team-mate Marcus Rashford is in line to make his d but at the Stadium of Light

Wayne Rooney And England Team-mates Arrive At Their Hotel As They Get Ready For Penultimate Friendly With Australia Wayne Rooney And England Team-mates Arrive At Their Hotel As They Get Ready For Penultimate Friendly With Australia

Everton’s Ross Barkley (left) and Manchester City winger Raheem Sterling made their way to the bus

Wayne Rooney And England Team-mates Arrive At Their Hotel As They Get Ready For Penultimate Friendly With Australia

Harry Kane scored in the 2-1 win at the Etihad on Sunday and also missed a penalty but should start on Friday

Wayne Rooney And England Team-mates Arrive At Their Hotel As They Get Ready For Penultimate Friendly With Australia

The two sides last met at Upton Park back in 2003 and it was Australia who left with a shock 3-1 victory

Current England captain and record goalscorer Wayne Rooney won the first of his 109 caps that evening and may feature along with Manchester United team-mate Marcus Rashford. Having impressed since his breakthrough at Old Trafford, the 18-year-old forward’s England audition looked to be in jeopardy after he was taken off with a knee injury in the FA Cup final win over Crystal Palace last Saturday, but he has since been declared fit to play. The likes of Leicester midfielder Danny Drinkwater, Manchester City’s Raheem Sterling and Everton star Ross Barkley were also pictured arriving with the United duo and a serious looking Dele Alli – who penned a bumper 8million five-year deal with Adidas, also made his way in.

Wayne Rooney And England Team-mates Arrive At Their Hotel As They Get Ready For Penultimate Friendly With Australia

(L-R) Daniel Sturridge, Chris Smalling, Jordan Henderson and Adam Lallana arrive at the Hilton Gateshead

Wayne Rooney And England Team-mates Arrive At Their Hotel As They Get Ready For Penultimate Friendly With Australia

England manager Roy Hodgson will likely ring the changes after a less than convincing win over Turkey

Wayne Rooney And England Team-mates Arrive At Their Hotel As They Get Ready For Penultimate Friendly With Australia

Tottenham midfielder Dele Alli looks focused as he arrives at the team hotel on the eve of the friendly

Wayne Rooney And England Team-mates Arrive At Their Hotel As They Get Ready For Penultimate Friendly With Australia

Danny Drinkwater will be hoping to impress and stake his claim for a spot in the side for Euro 2016

Hodgson is likely to ring the changes after a less than convincing performance in the 2-1 victory over Turkey at the Etihad on Sunday, but Rashford’s chances of a starting berth increased with fellow striker Daniel Sturridge sitting out training, while Chelsea defender Gary Cahill was also missing.

It will be the last chance to impress for some, as Hodgson plans to reduce his squad to 23 following the friendly in the north-east, with three players to then be chopped from the group ahead of the final warm-up game next week.

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