TV channel, kick-off time and live broadcast of the Euro 2020 match
There is little sense that anything is happening across the English greensward between Derby and Stoke. With the exception of a few cows grazing around the property and clinical staff administering lateral flow tests, St George’s Park remains largely untouched by the Euro 2020 mania.
Come to think of it, so do we. UEFA’s decision to decentralize its quadrennial centerpiece is not only wholly inappropriate in times of a pandemic, it robs its center of the opportunity.
With 12 cities deployed in this delayed contest, the gratuity that accompanies the grand opening by the hosts is denied to us.
With Wembley hosting the semi-finals and the final, as well as England’s three group matches, the Three Lions are hosts in every way, but the homeland has no muscles to flex in the organization of the party. So we bounce around the continent from Istanbul to Rome, from Munich to Seville, from Budapest to Glasgow, waiting for the spark to ignite.
England vs Croatia
- Dated: Sunday June 13
- Start: 2 p.m.
- Location: Wembley Stadium
- TV: BBC One from 1 p.m.
- Direct: BBC iPlayer app or online (with valid TV license)
- Strong points: 11:15 p.m., BBC One
Perhaps Gareth Southgate can help us here, overcome their conservative instincts by sending a dream team against uninhibited Croatia on Sunday, in which Jack Grealish and Phil Foden are left with no pick. It would also help if the pop-up politicians and neo-anti-Marxists among the English crowd refrain from abusing the actors they support over the political choices they make. We’re all in the same boat, aren’t we?
The nation is surely justified in its optimism. Southgate have assembled such a talented team that anyone under 60 can remember. All that defeatist baggage rooted in England’s dark days of the ’70s, when the lethal combination of longball tactics and bovine hooliganism brought the game to its knees, was swept away by a tide of youthful brilliance.
While the latest ‘golden generation’ of Beckham and Gerrard, Ferdinand and Terry, Lampard and Scholes have been hampered by the lingering vestiges of English inferiority, this group is not crowded in the past. They even love each other, talk to each other while at rest, share their free time on Xbox and darts, fill WhatsApp group messages with jokes.
It is no longer the press that inflates our prospects but the players, who believe they are the real winners. And why not? The majority play in the world’s most lucrative national league, in the most resource-rich clubs under the best coaches. The Premier League has endowed England with 20 centers of excellence, home to some of the world’s best young talent.
Foden, Grealish, Bakayo Saka, Reece James, Declan Rice, Luke Shaw took turns talking about England’s chances. No false modesty. No I hope this, I hope that. They don’t just want to win, they expect to. They dare to boast, which for an England veteran is a most reassuring underperformance.
After all, the idea of their own meaning has been a founding feature of the successes that Germany, Italy, France and Spain have enjoyed since the 66-year-old boys raised the English level for one and only time. .
That English players support each other in order to succeed is not a detriment to the quality of others. France rightly starts the favorites. Belgium are just an Eden Hazard in form for the full month. Germany and Italy are rebuilding impressively even though they lack front lines with a traditional punch.
Southgate will likely build around its must-haves, Harry Kane, Raheem Sterling, Marcus Rashford, Mount, Rice, and Jordan Pickford. Harry Maguire’s absence for the opening matches is a headache for Southgate, but it comes down to the selection of a partner for John Stones. A back-four is a prerequisite if Foden or Grealish is to start. Don’t be surprised that the two are dropped as substitutes.
Croatia isn’t quite the team that beat England in the World Cup semi-finals, but with Luca Modric, Mateo Kovacic, Nikola Vlasic and Marcelo Brozovic they have a midfielder. mobile well equipped to deprive England of a lot of ball.
England’s prospects may well hinge on a must-see second match against Scotland next Friday. If we lack a sense of opportunity at the start of the tournament, Wembley will be the center of all of our lives one week, so should Croatia pop the ball on Sunday. Even Boris Johnson could be through this event ladder.