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England vs Serbia: Date, kick-off time and TV channel for Euro 2024 group stage game

Gareth Southgate and England captain Harry Kane during England training/England vs Serbia, Euro 2024 group stage: Date, kick-off time and TV channel

England begin their Euro 2024 campaign against Serbia, with matches against Denmark and Slovenia to follow in Group C.

England’s men have not won a major tournament since the 1966 World Cup, but have gone close under Gareth Southgate. They reached a World Cup semi-final in 2018 before losing to Italy on penalties in the final of Euro 2020.

They are well-fancied to go one better in Germany this summer, and will be looking to make the best possible start against a dangerous Serbia team. However preparations took a hit in their final warm-up match, losing 1-0 to Iceland at Wembley.

When is it?

England’s opening game of Euro 2024 against Serbia is on Sunday, June 16. It is one of 51 Euro 2024 fixtures at the tournament.

Where is it?

England begin their group stage in Gelsenkirchen at the Veltins Arena, which is home to Bundesliga 2 club Schalke. The stadium has unhappy memories for England fans as the venue for their 2006 World Cup exit on penalties against Portugal, when Wayne Rooney was sent off.

What time is kick-off?

The match gets under way at 8pm UK time.

What TV channel is it on?

BBC One has exclusive live coverage in the UK with the game also available to watch on iPlayer. Alan Shearer, Rio Ferdinand, Ian Wright and Rachel Corsie are among BBC’s pundits for the tournament.

What is the team news?

Just days are giving Gareth Southgate a huge fitness boost, John Stones is now in a race against time to play in England’s opener.

The Man City centre-back has been confined to his room at England’s training base after coming down with a sickness bug.

This could leave Southgate with a big decision to make at the heart of his defence with Lewis Dunk and Ezri Konsa vying for a place in the starting XI alongside Crystal Palace’s Marc Guehi.

Southgate also had injury concerns over Bukayo Saka returning from a problem, while Luke Shaw has been out since February with a hamstring problem and is expected to miss the first game of the tournament. However, the left-back was able to train in front of the crowd in Jena, with England players put through their paces.

One of Southgate’s big decision appears to be picking Declan Rice’s midfield partner, with the pair sitting behind Jude Bellingham. Youngsters Kobbie Mainoo and Adam Wharton have impressed, while Trent Alexander-Arnold and Conor Gallagher are other options.

What sort of team are Serbia?

Coached by legendary former player Dragan Stojkovic, Serbia made hard work of their qualification group but made it through to the 24-team finals in Germany as runners-up.

Stojkovic favours a 3-4-2-1, with the classy Dusan Tadic and Sergej Milinkovic-Savic operating behind former Fulham striker Aleksandar Mitrović. There is another Fulham connection in midfield with Sasa Lukic a regular starter, while Filip Kostic loves to raid forward from left wing-back and deliver crosses.

Serbia also have the option of flipping to a two-striker system by pairing Mitrovic with Juventus striker Dusan Vlahovic, a formidable physical duo. Serbia have looked susceptible to counter-attacks, though, and they are heavily reliant on crosses to their tall forwards. Maguire’s absence could be felt in this game.

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Serbia centre-back Strahinja Pavlović wants to expose England’s “flaws” during their Euro opener in Gelsenkirchen and make attack their best form of defence.

Pavlović, 23, insists his team-mates can take inspiration from Iceland’s win ahead of the tournament when Gareth Southgate’s team were defeated 1-0 but conceded several chances at Wembley.

With Aleksandar Mitrović, Dušan Vlahović and Luka Jović among Serbia’s forwards, their attack could cause problems for an England backline with Harry Maguire absent and John Stones missing a day of training this week through illness.

“If I were to ask myself, and if I could decide about it, I would attack the English,” said Pavlović. “I would go up there and try to press them. Everyone has flaws, even the English. We saw how organized Iceland was able to threaten and defeat them. We are analyzing everything and will prepare well.”

Pavlović is likely to be marking Harry Kane at Arena AufSchalke on Sunday for the Group C opener but he is wary of focusing solely on the Bayern Munich striker.

“An incredible player, he had a great season, and if you want to stop such a player, you have to do it as a team,” he said. “All together. We must defend together, attack together. We are best when we have the ball at our feet, we will try to play like that. There’s also Jude Bellingham. He had a great season, he is in top form, but we have to be a team. To do our best, to stop all those players.”

Serbia manager Dragan Stojković insists he can trust Aleksandar Mitrović despite the former Fulham striker playing in the Saudi Pro League rather than the Premier League last season.

“Aleksandar Mitrović has shown numerous times how devoted he is to the Serbian jersey,” said Stojković. “He is showing that same devotion for the clubs he plays for. He’s a lad whom you can trust. That’s an important quality. Those are pretty big things as forwards can sometimes be pretty selfish or they can just look to be that one player who scores and decides the match.”

What are they saying?

Southgate is excited by England’s attacking options and promised supporters that they would see a “different” approach in this summer’s tournament.

“I’m excited,” Southgate told reporters. “The other night (a 3-0 win over Bosnia & Herzegovina), we had a lot of experienced attacking players not on the starting grid. And we had a lot of goals in the team still.

“In an attacking sense, that’s really crucial. The profile of our midfield, the way we’re moving the ball forward more quickly, seeing forward passes, that excites me watching training,” he added.

What are the odds?

  • England 2/5

  • Serbia 13/2

  • Draw 7/2

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