EURO 2024

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EURO 2024 PREVIEW Sun: England v Serbia

After all the talk, all the debate…we’re here again. England’s EURO 2024 campaign gets underway on Sunday evening with a clash against Serbia in Gelsenkirchen, writes JOE CITRONE.

As ever, there has been so much talk surrounding England heading into this tournament, particularly about how Gareth Southgate will line up his Three Lions.

The main topic of discussion has been about that defence which will definitely be without stalwart centre-half Harry Maguire and likely without Luke Shaw – despite a late return to training – due to injury.

That leaves decisions to be made about how the backline shapes up with Kieran Trippier’s move to left-back seeming likely and either Lewis Dunk, Marc Guehi or Ezri Konsa expected to slot in alongside John Stones in the heart of the defence.

Further forward, it should be a little more straightforward – despite an embarrassment of riches in attack – with Jude Bellingham, Phil Foden, Bukayo Saka and Harry Kane all expected to start and all hoping to have a big impact for the Three Lions this summer.

There is pressure on Southgate’s shoulders heading into EURO 2024 – which would only have been exacerbated by that humbling defeat to Iceland in their final warm-up friendly – and the former Middlesbrough boss will be desperate for his side to get off to the perfect start in Gelsenkirchen on Sunday.

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England v Serbia
UEFA EURO 2024 Group C
20:00 BBC One / BBC iPlayer / BBC Sport Website

LAST FIVE STATS

HEAD-TO-HEAD
No meeting since Serbia Football Team established (2006)

ENGLAND
JUN 2024 INTERNATIONAL FRIENDLY England 0-1 Iceland
JUN 2024 INTERNATIONAL FRIENDLY England 3-0 Bosnia
MAR 2024 INTERNATIONAL FRIENDLY England 2-2 Belgium
MAR 2024 INTERNATIONAL FRIENDLY England 0-1 Brazil
NOV 2023 EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIP North Macedonia 1-1 England

SERBIA
JUN 2024 INTERNATIONAL FRIENDLY Sweden 0-3 Serbia
JUN 2024 INTERNATIONAL FRIENDLY Austria 2-1 Serbia
MAR 2024 INTERNATIONAL FRIENDLY Cyprus 0-1 Serbia
MAR 2024 INTERNATIONAL FRIENDLY Russia 4-0 Serbia
NOV 2023 EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIP Serbia 2-2 Bulgaria

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Serbia will be looking to put a spanner in the works for England when they come face-to-face with the Three Lions on Sunday and will be buoyed by their struggles against Iceland in that humbling final warm-up friendly.

The odds are stacked against them here (6/1 to win the match with starsports.bet), but Serbia do possess some threats that England will need to be wary of on Sunday.

Aleksandr Mitrovic, who English football supporters will be well aware of from his time in the Premier League with Newcastle United and Fulham, is always a handful for defenders and will certainly keep that England backline on their toes.

However, although they will certainly need to be better than they were against Iceland, I do expect the Three Lions to come through this first challenge of the tournament.

England’s defensive concerns coupled with their attacking quality lead me to think there are going to be goals in this game and that’s why I look the look of a Three Lions win and over 2.5 goals at 13/10.

I also like the look of a little flutter on Bellingham, fresh off the back of a scintillating debut season with Real Madrid, getting himself on the scoresheet which you can back at starsports.bet at 23/10.


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