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Euro 2024: England enter the fray with Serbia opener in Gelsenkirchen – live | Euro 2024

Hello and welcome to our live blog for day three of Euro 2024. It’s the big one, the day when our heroes enter the tournament. Denmark play Slovenia at 5pm, hoping to emulate the boys of 1984, 1992 or even 2021.

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England are also involved: they meet an attacking Serbian side in Gelsenkirchen tonight. And first up, Poland play the Netherlands in Hamburg. That game is in an intriguing Group D, which also includes France and a fast-improving Austria. I was going to say the Netherlands can’t afford to slip up, but it didn’t do them any harm when they lost their first game of the last European Championship to be played in Germany.

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If you prefer these things in list form, here are today’s games.

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  • Poland v Netherlands (Group D, 2pm)

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  • Slovenia v Denmark (Group C, 5pm)

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  • Serbia v England (Group C, 8pm)

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Trent Alexander-Arnold is set to play as a midfielder. Tonight he is a purebred, not a hybrid. Many pundits, notably Wayne Rooney and Roy Keane, have criticised his lack of defensive nous and Gareth Southgate was also asked the question in his press conference.

Everyone is entitled to their opinion. I spoke with Trent about playing this role over a year ago. He hasn’t played this role for the last five years. There’s an unknown element. But I think he has the potential to be incredibly special, and it’s worth taking the chance.

And Jonathan Liew speaks on the exact same theme.

For Alexander-Arnold, passes aren’t simply played, they’re measured — the difference here is roughly the same as the difference between a bartender and a mixologist.

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Many players in the England squad are playing in a major tournament for the first time.Ed Aarons looks at what they bring to the party.

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So, England. You can read all of our preview articles on our dedicated Euro 2024 site, but we’ll also have articles interspersed here throughout the day. We start with David Hytner talking about Harold Cain.

Kane stressed that the number of in-form players heading into the final set his team apart from previous years – Phil Foden, for example, is England’s Player of the Year, and Jude Bellingham is Spain’s Player of the Year – and he is also confident he can win the Golden Boot award, which he won at the 2018 World Cup. “There’s no reason why I can’t be top scorer,” the manager said. “If the team does well, I think I can finish close. I still have that confidence.”

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Slovenia vs Denmark

Three years ago, Christian Eriksen nearly died during a Denmark v Finland match, and now he’s preparing for the start of the new European Championships.

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Germany is basking in the afterglow Kai Havertz had this to say about his impressive performance against Scotland on Friday:

I hope to see better results from now on. Of course, winning 5-1 is a big achievement, but it’s just the beginning. It shows the quality of the team and how many good players we have.

“Scotland was a very good team with a great coach, but the opponents are getting stronger and stronger. It was a tough match indeed. But as the tournament goes on, the matches get harder and harder. We will keep working hard, train well, sleep well and play with confidence.”

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Hungary 1-3 Switzerland

In yesterday’s other match, Scotland’s group, Switzerland overcame some shaky conditions to pull off a fine win over Hungary, with Granit Xhaka imposing in midfield.

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Spain 3-0 Croatia

In the other Group B match, Spain dominated Croatia despite having less than 50 percent of the ball, and prodigious 16-year-old Lamine Yamal produced a magnificent performance – the last time such impressive play was in an official match was in 2008, two weeks before Yamal’s first birthday.

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Italy 2-1 Albania

The tournament has started extremely well with 16 goals scored in the first four games, three of which came last night in Dortmund as defending champions Italy conceded goals faster than any other team in European Championship history before recovering to beat Albania.

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preamble

Hello and welcome to our live blog for day three of Euro 2024. Today is the big day, the day our heroes take to the tournament. Denmark take on Slovenia at 5pm and will be hoping for a repeat of the boys of 1984, 1992 and even 2021.

England are also in the mix, taking on an attacking Serbia team tonight in Gelsenkirchen, and first up is Poland in Hamburg against the Netherlands, who are in an intriguing Group D that also includes France and fast-rising Austria. The Dutch could be forgiven for saying they cannot afford to fail, but losing their opening game at the last European Championships in Germany did them no harm.

If you prefer these in a list format, today’s games are listed below:

  • Poland v Netherlands (Group D, 2pm)

  • Slovenia vs Denmark (Group C, 5pm)

  • Serbia v England (Group C, 8pm)

Marco van Basten scored the winning goal against West Germany in the semi-final of Euro 88. The Netherlands recovered from a first-match defeat to record a stunning victory. Photo: STF/AP
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