England and manager Gareth Southgate might be tournament favourites to go one step further than they managed in EURO 2020 but they'll first have to get through the group stage of EURO 2024 where they're set to face some interesting opponents.
The Three Lions were drawn into Group C and are set to face off against Denmark, Slovenia and Serbia when the tournament begins on Friday, June 14 next year. England's first opponent will be Serbia on Sunday, June 16 at Arena AufSchalke in Gelsenkirchen.
They'll then face Denmark on Thursday, June 20 at Waldstadion in Frankfurt for their second group stage match before heading to the RheinEnergieStadion in Cologne to face off against Slovenia on Tuesday, June 25 to complete the group stage.
Ten cities are involved in staging finals matches – Cologne, Dortmund, Dusseldorf, Frankfurt, Gelsenkirchen, Hamburg, Leipzig, Munich and Stuttgart, with Berlin hosting the final on July 14.
Ahead of the draw, Southgate claimed that his side must be prepared for anything that comes their way, whether in the group stage or deeper into the tournament. Despite his critics, the England boss has led his side to at least a World Cup quarter-final and semi-final, a EUROs final and a Nations League semi-final but, much like his predecessors over the last 57 years, has failed to secure silverware for the Three Lions.
Speaking after England’s final qualifier away to North Macedonia, he said: «There looks like being really strong teams in Pot Two and Pot Three looks like it could be very strong. In the Euros we had Croatia in with us.
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