Euro 2020 is now upon us with a month of almost wall-to-wall football that will dominate TV screens across the country.
UK fans will be able to stream all 51 games on terrestrial channels, with ITV having now confirmed their coverage lineup.
Mark Pougatch and Seema Jaswal will be the main presenters, with Reshmin Chowdhury, while Sam Matterface, Clive Tyldesley, Joe Speight, Seb Hutchinson and Tom Gayle will be the commentators. Former England, Scotland and Wales internationals Lee Dixon, Ally McCoist and John Hartson will also be on the mikes as co-commentators, while coverage will also include refereeing analysis by Peter Walton.
England are the favorites to win it all with a number of bookies and they are also ranked among the top contenders by pundits.
“England should have plans to win it and we shouldn’t hesitate with the offensive quality we have,” Ian Wright said at ITV’s Euro 2020 live coverage launch.
Gary Neville, likewise, believes that with more games played at Wembley than at any other stadium, the Three Lions have a huge advantage. “I will go with England because of the home tournament [aspect],” he said.
“I think we’ll go a little further than the last World Cup where we got to the semi-finals, I just think the momentum is with us. I think we have to get Harry Maguire in shape, keep Harry Kane in good shape, and finally get some luck, and I think we can do that once and for all.
Roy Keane backs Italy as a dark horse on the basis of “their form for a year or two”, while Eni Aluko has raised big question marks against some of England’s rivals, particularly the Belgium.
ITV Euro 2020 experts
- Ian wright
- Roy Keane
- Gary Neville
- Patrick Vieira
- Graeme Souness
- Ashley cole
- Eni Aluko
- Robert earnshaw
- Emma Hayes
- Nigel de Jong
- John collins
- Joe ledley
- Nadia nadim
- Scott Brown
- Andros Townsend
“You look at Belgium, who are their best players, Eden Hazard, Kevin De Bruyne? ” she said. “Hazard barely played. Okay, Lukaku won the league in Italy and De Bruyne in England, but you look at those three players a lot more.
For England the big question is whether they want to dominate their group with a potential “Death Group” opponent waiting in the next round. The other ‘Home Nations’ will focus above all on qualifying for the round of 16, but Graeme Souness is not optimistic.
“I think England will come out of the group stage and advance to the semi-finals,” Souness said. “Scotland COULD come out third as well, and I don’t support Wales given their squad.”
The experts – who’s who
Arsenal legend Wright has won 33 caps for England and has become a staple of ITV tournament coverage, while also appearing on Match of the day.
The former Manchester United midfielder has a regular spot in Sky Sports’ Super Sunday and will be in office after being deputy manager of the Republic of Ireland in the last Euros. The Boys in Green didn’t qualify this time around, so at least he won’t be upset by their fans’ vocals.
In the last few Euros – when England were eliminated to ignominy by Iceland – Neville was Roy Hodgson’s assistant manager. Since then he has been a regular co-commentator and expert on Sky Sports.
Invincible with Arsenal, Vieira won the Euro with France in 2000. More recently, he led Nice before leaving the post in 2020.
Souness will be on hand for Scotland’s first major tournament since 1998, having himself made three World Cups.
The most accomplished England left-back in a generation, Cole has said he plans to become a coach now that he’s retired, but he’s also made strides in the studio.
Aluko has made over a century of appearances for the Lionesses of England and has competed in two European Championships.
Earnshaw played for Wales for a decade, but didn’t make it to a major tournament.
The Chelsea manager has guided the Blues to the Women’s Super League title as well as the Champions League final this season.
Nigel de Jong
Although many international fans still remember his famous kick on Xabi Alonso in the World Cup final, De Jong will provide valuable insight into the Netherlands as they return to the big stage.
A former Scotland international with 58 caps, Collins scored one of his country’s most famous goals in their 1990 World Cup opener against Brazil.
Ledley still plays for Newport County, but he will be on hand to discuss Wales hopes under the leadership of temporary boss Robert Page.
The PSG striker finished second with Denmark at the European Women’s Championship four years ago.
Brown didn’t get his dream start for his Celtic career, but he will be on the ITV couch before taking on a new player-coaching role in Aberdeen in July.
Another current player, the Crystal Palace striker supports England, Belgium and France. He last played for England in 2016.
Full list of Euro 2020 matches – and which channel they are broadcast on
Friday 11 June
- 8 p.m. – Turkey v Italy (BBC)
saturday 12 june
- 2 p.m. – Wales v Switzerland (BBC)
- 5 p.m. – Denmark v Finland (BBC)
- 8 p.m. – Belgium vs Russia (ITV)
Sunday 13 June
- 2 p.m. – England v Croatia (BBC)
- 5 p.m. Austria v North Macedonia (ITV)
- 8 p.m. – Netherlands v Ukraine (ITV)
Monday June 14
- 2 p.m. – Scotland v Czech Republic (BBC)
- 8 p.m. – Poland v Slovakia (ITV)
- 8 p.m. – Spain v Sweden (BBC)
Tuesday 15 June
- 5 p.m. – Hungary v Portugal (ITV)
- 8 p.m. – France v Germany (ITV)
Wednesday June 16
- 2 p.m. – Finland v Russia (BBC)
- 5 p.m. – Turkey v Wales (BBC)
- 8 p.m. – Italy v Switzerland (ITV)
Thursday, June 17
- 2 p.m. – Ukraine v North Macedonia (ITV)
- 5 p.m. – Denmark v Belgium (ITV)
- 8 p.m. – Netherlands v Austria (BBC)
Friday June 18
- 2 p.m. – Sweden v Slovakia (BBC)
- 5 p.m. – Croatia v Czech Republic (BBC)
- 8 p.m. – England v Scotland (ITV)
saturday 19 june
- 2 p.m. – Hungary v France (BBC)
- 5 p.m. – Portugal v Germany (ITV)
- 8 p.m. – Spain v Poland (BBC)
Sunday 20 June
- 5 p.m. – Italy v Wales (ITV)
- 5 p.m. – Switzerland v Turkey (ITV)
Monday June 21
- 5 p.m. – North Macedonia v Netherlands (ITV)
- 5 p.m. – Ukraine v Austria (ITV)
- 8 p.m. – Russia v Denmark (BBC)
- 8 p.m. – Finland v Belgium (BBC)
Tuesday 22 June
- 8 p.m. – Czech Republic v England (ITV)
- 8 p.m. – Croatia v Scotland (ITV)
Wednesday 23 June
- 5 p.m. – Slovakia v Spain (ITV)
- 5 p.m. – Sweden v Poland (ITV)
- 8 p.m. – Germany v Hungary (BBC)
- 8 p.m. – Portugal v France (BBC)
ROUND OF 16
saturday june 26
- 5 p.m. – 2A vs 2B
- 8 p.m. – 1A vs 2C
Sunday June 27
- 5 p.m. – 1C vs 3D / E / F
- 8 p.m. – 1B vs 3A / D / E / F
Monday June 28
- 5 p.m. – 2D vs 2E
- 8 p.m. – 1F vs 3A / B / C
Tuesday 29 June
- 5 p.m. – 1D vs 2F
- 8 p.m. – 1E vs 3A / B / C / D
Friday July 2
- 5 p.m. – Winner 6 vs Winner 5
- 8 p.m. – Winner 4 vs Winner 2
saturday july 3
- 5 p.m. – Winner 3 vs Winner 1
- 8 p.m. – Winner 8 vs Winner 7
Tuesday July 6
- 8 p.m. – Winner QF2 vs Winner QF1
Wednesday July 7
- 8 p.m. – Winner QF4 vs Winner QF3
Sunday July 11
- 8 p.m. – Winner SF1 vs Winner SF2
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