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All the factz on England v Bulgaria Euro 2020 Group A qualifier, including which TV channel its on

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England return to action for the first time since the summer by resuming their Euro 2020 qualifying campaign against Bulgaria at Wembley Stadium. 

A win today would strengthen the Three Lions’ grip on Group A. Bulgaria meanwhile need a win to enhance their chances of qualifying.

The match kicks off at 5pm and it is live on ITV. Here are the factz you need to know:

* England top Group A with 6 points, having played a game fewer than their nearest challengers.
* Bulgaria are bottom, with 2 draws and 2 defeats from their opening 4 matches.
* England last met Bulgaria in September 2011 in a qualifying match for Euro 2012. The Three Lions ran out 0-3 winners in Sofia.
* There have been 10 previous meetings between the sides and England have never lost. They have won 6 and drawn the others.
* James Maddison could win his first England cap today. Since the start of last season in the Premier League, he has created 109 chances – 39 more than any other Englishman.
* Mason Mount could also feature after scoring 2 goals in his first 4 Premier League matches. He has played for England at every level from under-16s.
* Jordan Henderson and Raheem Sterling are England’s most experienced players, with 51 caps each.
* Harry Kane has most goals in the current squad with 22 strikes in 39 appearances.
* Bulgaria have a similarly inexperienced squad to England. Only captain Ivelin Popov has more than 50 caps (84).
* Popov is also top scorer in this squad with 15 goals. No other player in the squad has more than 2 international goals.

All the factz on Montenegro v England, including which TV channel its on

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It’s the second part of the Euro 2020 qualifiers double-header tonight with Montenegro playing host to England. 

It’s early days in Group A but both sides will be looking for a positive result to gain an advantage in the group.

The match kicks off at 7.45pm and it is live on ITV. Here are the factz you need to know:

* This is the fifth meeting between the sides. Of the previous 4 encounters, 3 have ended all-square, including the two times the sides have met in Montenegro. England won the other match 4-1.
* The sides have only ever met in competitive fixtures – in qualifying for Euro 2012 and for the 2014 World Cup.
* England have won their last 4 matches – they haven’t won 5 in a row since 2015.
* Montenegro have lost 3 of their last 5 matches, winning once. The draw was in their opening qualifier versus Bulgaria.
* Raheem Sterling’s hat-trick last time out was the first by an England player since Harry Kane’s against Panama at the World Cup last June.
* Sterling how has 5 goals in his last 3 England appearances, having scored just 2 in his first 45.
* If Jordan Henderson plays tonight, he will won his 50th cap.
* Stefan Mugosa is the form man for Montenegro, with 4 goals in his last 4 appearances.
* Regular Captain – and Montenegro’s record goalscorer with 24 strikes – is Stefan Jovetic who Manchester City fans will remember. However, he is out injured.
* Captain in his absence will be another player Manchester City fans will remember, defender Stefan Savic.

All the factz on England v Czech Republic, including which TV channel its on

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It’s the opening round of Euro 2020 qualifiers this week and in Group A England take on the Czech Republic at Wembley. 

England are looking to build on their recent successes after getting to the semi-finals of the World Cup and reaching the Nations League semi-finals within the past 12 months.

Meanwhile the Czech Republic are looking to reach yet another Euro finals, having missed out on the 2018 World Cup.

The match kicks off at 7.45pm and it is live on ITV. Here are the factz you need to know:

* This is the first meeting between the sides since the Czech Republic was formed in 1992. The previous matches, both friendlies, ended in a 2-0 win to England in 1998 and a 2-2 draw in 2008.

* England are unbeaten in their last 18 Euro qualifying matches – including winning their last 10 in a row.

* Their last defeat was in November 2007 to Croatia, the infamous ‘wally with the brolly’ match which was Steve MacLaren’s last in charge of the Three Lions.

* Czech Republic have qualified for every Euro tournament since 1992, finishing as runners-up in 1996.

* The Czechs have won 3 and lost 3 of their last 6 matches. Included in that run was a 5-1 hammering by Russia.

* England have won 10 of their 15 home matches under Gareth Southgate, losing just once.

* Harry Kane has scored 15 goals in his last 17 matches for England. This includes a run of 6 matches in the middle without a goal.

* Captain Borek Dockal has the most goals in the Czech squad with 6, one ahead of Burnley’s Matej Vydra.

* Liverpool captain Jordan Henderson is the most capped player in the England squad with 48. He’s yet to score for the Three Lions.
* Harry Kane has the most goals in the England squad – he’s scored 20 in 35 appearances.

Borussia Dortmund could move for Callum Hudson-Odoi if they sell Jadon Sancho to Manchester United this summer 

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Bundesliga leaders Borussia Dortmund are lining up Chelsea forward Callum Hudson-Odoi as a replacement for Jadon Sancho if they sell him to Manchester United this summer. 

Dortmund have put a £100 million price tag on Sancho, with Manchester United rumoured to be keen on bringing him back to the city.

The German club have shown previously that if a club offers the right price, they will sell star players.

Sancho has been a revelation this season for Dortmund, becoming a fixture in the side and putting in a series of impressive displays domestically and in Europe. He has also broken into the England squad.

If Sancho is sold, then The Mirror has reported that Dortmund are lining up Chelsea’s Callum Hudson-Odoi as a replacement.

Hudson-Odoi is very highly rated, and was called up to the England squad this week by Gareth Southgate.

However, he is yet to start a Premier League game for Chelsea and is frustrated at his lack of game time. Indeed, he put in a transfer request in January, which was rejected.

But Dortmund would face competition for Hudson-Odoi from German rivals Bayern Munich. Bayern made a £35 million bid for the 18-year-old in January and are thought to be preparing another bid in the summer. Red Bull Leipzig are also thought to be interested.

Chelsea may also be reluctant to sell, as they currently face a transfer ban for the next two transfer windows and will not want to lose players – even if it means they could lose him for nothing in 2020 when Hudson-Odoi’s contract expires.

England to face Netherlands in Nations League semi-finals

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England will play the Netherlands in the semi-final of the Nations League on June 6, 2019 in Portugal, following the draw in Dublin.

In the other semi, Portugal will face Switzerland on June 5. The final will be held on June 9.

“It’s a very exciting game to look forward to and a second semi-final for us,” said England manager Gareth Southgate.

England qualified for the finals of the Nations League by finishing top of their 3-team group, ahead of Spain and Croatia.

Meanwhile the Netherlands, managed by former Southampton and Everton boss Ronald Koeman, qualified from a group containing Germany and France.

This will be the first competitive meeting between the sides since England demolished a fractured Netherlands side 4-1 at Euro 96.

“We play a team in Holland who are at a similar stage to us – developing, lots of exciting young players in both sides – and you can see the impact Ronald has had,” said Southgate.