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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 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.

All the factz on Iran v Spain in the World Cup, including which TV channel its on

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Iran, surprise winners against Morocco last time out, play Spain today in a match that will be crucial to both sides’ chances of progressing to the next round. The match kicks off at 7pm BST and it is live on ITV. Here are the factz you need to know:

• This is the first meeting between Iran and Spain.
• If Iran win, they will be through to the knockout phase. A draw will mean their fate is in their own hands in the final round of group matches.
• A win for Spain will mean a win in the final group match against Morocco will see them through to the last 16. A loss will mean they would be all but out.
• Iran’s win over Morocco in their first match was their first at the World Cup finals since 1998, and only their second in total.
• Diego Costa is the man Iran need to stop – he’s scored 8 goals in his last 8 starts for Spain.
• Iran managed to win against Morocco despite not having a shot during the second half – the winner was an own goal – and that hasn’t happened since 1966.
• Spain’s 3-3 draw against Portugal stretched their unbeaten run to 13 matches, of which they’ve won 10.
• Gerard Pique is making his 100th appearance for Spain today.
• Iran play to the end – their last 3 World Cup goals have been scored in the last 15 minutes of the match.
• Manchester City midfielder David Silva has the most goals in the Spanish squad – 35 goals in 122 appearances.

All the factz you need on Russia v Saudi Arabia, including which TV channel its on

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The FIFA World Cup in Russia has finally started. In this opening match in Moscow, hosts Russia take on unfancied Saudi Arabia. Both sides will want to win their opening match to get a great start on their quest to qualify for the knock-out stages. The match kicks off at 4pm BST and it is live on ITV. Here are the factz you need to know:

* The opening match of the World Cup features the two lowest-ranked teams in the FIFA rankings, at 70th and 67th respectively.
* Russia are without a win in 7 matches – a run going back to October last year.
* Saudi Arabia aren’t in form either: they’ve lost 6 of their last 10 matches, winning just 2.
* The sides have only met once previously: Saudi Arabia winning 4-2 back in 1993.
* Russia have not made it out of the group stage of a World Cup in the three times they have made it to the finals since the dissolution of the USSR.
* This is the first time Saudi Arabia have made the finals since 2006.
* In each of their last 3 appearances at the finals, Saudi Arabia have finished bottom of their group.
* There will be celebrations if Saudi Arabia score – they’ve failed to do so in 7 of their last 9 matches.
* If Sergei Ignashevich – recently recalled from international retirement – he will be Russia’s oldest player at a World Cup at 38 years, 335 days.
* Russia are hoping to avoid a similar fate to South Africa in 2010 – the only time the host nation has gone out at the group stage.

All the factz and stats for tonight’s England v Germany match

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Two old rivals meet in a friendly match tonight. England v Germany kicks off at 8pm and is live on ITV. Here are the factz you need to know:

• This is the 32nd meeting between England and Germany/West Germany. The record between the sides is very close – England have won 13 times, Germany 15 – although two of those victories have come after a penalty shoot-out.
• Germany won the last meeting between the sides 1-0 in March, thanks to a goal from Lukas Podolski, who was playing in his final international match.
• The last 0-0 draw between the sides came at the World Cup in Spain in 1982.
• Reuben Loftus-Cheek will become the 9th player to make his England debut in the 13 matches since Gareth Southgate took over as manager. There could be more as the uncapped quartet of Jordan Pickford, Tammy Abraham, Joe Gomez and Jack Cork will be on the bench.
• Germany have won their past 7 internationals, while England have won 4 in a row.
• England haven’t beaten Germany at Wembley since 1975.
• However, England have only been beaten once at Wembley in their last 17 outings – winning an impressive 15 of those matches.
• England’s last victory over Germany came in a friendly in March 2016, when the Three Lions came from 2-0 down to win 2-3, thanks to goals from Harry Kane, Jamie Vardy and Eric Dier.
• Germany have scored in each of their last 8 matches against England – the last time they failed to find the target was when they went down 1-0 at Euro 2000.
• Only 6 players in this squad have scored for England, and the player with the most goals is Ashley Young, who has netted 7 times for the Three Lions.