When England are playing in Euro 2020 and who they could face as they head for the latter stages
Excitement is mounting for Euro 2020 – the world’s second biggest football tournament which was postponed for a year because of Covid.
The competition kicks off at 8pm on Friday, June 8 when Italy host Turkey in Rome. There are 11 host cities across Europe, but the semi-finals and final will all be held at Wembley Stadium in July.
All Euro 2020 matches will be televised live on either BBC or ITV.
Hopes are high after Gareth Southgate’s side managed to finish fourth at the 2018 World Cup, their last major tournament. And there is great anticipation in the North East where local lads Jordan Pickford and Jordan Henderson almost certain to feature for their country.
Most of the bookies make England second favourites at 13/2, behind France at 9/2. Belgium are third favourites at 7/1. Never to be ruled out are Germany and Italy, who are both at 8/1. Odds as long as 250/1 are available for Scotland, with Wales at 200/1.
England are expected to progress from the group stage, but would face difficult opposition in the round of 16 when they would be likely to, although not definitely, face either holders Portugal, world champions France, old foes Germany or Spain.
England have been drawn in Group D and will play as follows.
England v Croatia, 2pm, Sunday, June 13 (Wembley).
England v Scotland, 8pm, Friday, June 18 (Wembley).
England v Czech Republic, 8pm Tuesday, June 22 (Wembley).
Should England win Group D they would then face the runners-up of Group F (France / Germany / Portugal / Hungary), 5pm, Tuesday, June 29 (Wembley).
If they win that and they would play a quarter-final at 8pm, Saturday, July 3 in (Rome) leading to a possible semi-final 8pm, Tuesday, July 7 (Wembley).
Should England finish second in Group D, they would then play against the runners-up in Group E (Spain / Sweden / Poland / Slovakia) 5pm, Monday, June 28 (Copenhagen).
Should they win that they would then play a quarter-final at 5pm, Friday, July 2 in (St Petersburg) leading to a possible semi-final at 8pm, Tuesday, July 6 (Wembley).
Should England finish third in Group D, they could still face the Group E (Spain / Sweden / Poland / Slovakia) winners 8pm, Monday, Tuesday 29 (Hampden). This would be if they were one of the four best of the six third-placed teams.
Win that and they would play a quarter-final at 8pm, Saturday, July 3 (Rome) leading to a possible semi-final at 8pm, Tuesday, July 7 (Wembley).
The final is at Wembley Stadium at 8pm, Sunday, July 11.
For anyone interested in watching the other home nations in the competition, here are Scotland and Wales’ group stage matches:
Scotland’s Group D matches are as follows.
Scotland v Czech Republic 2pm, Monday June 14 (Hampden).
England v Scotland 8pm, Friday, June 18 (Wembley).
Scotland v Croatia 8pm, Tuesday, June 22 (Hampden).
Wales are in Group A and their matches are as follows.
Wales v Switzerland 2pm, Saturday, June 12 (Baku, Azerbaijan).
Wales v Turkey 5pm, Wednesday, June 16 (Baku).
Wales v Italy 5pm, Sunday, June 20 (Rome).