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England and Slovakia face off in a crucial Group A clash at the Kolporter Arena, in Kielce, Poland, on Monday in the 2017 UEFA Under-21 Championship.
With only the group winners guaranteed a place in the semi-finals, every group match is potentially make or break.
England have not made it out of the group stages in any of the last three editions of the Euro U21s, while Slovakia are only appearing in the tournament for the second time—they made the semi-finals on home soil in 2000.
Read on for all the scheduling and viewing information for a decisive clash, along with a preview of the action.
Date: Monday, June 19
Time: 5 p.m. BST/noon ET
TV Info: Sky Sports 1 (UK), ESPN Deportes (U.S.)
England have already enjoyed success at youth level this summer with the under-20 side triumphing at the FIFA U-20 World Cup earlier this month.
Aidy Boothroyd’s men will be eager to emulate their younger counterparts in Poland, but they will have to see off the likes of Slovakia if they are to be champions.
England are two-time winners of the Euro U21s, in 1982 and 1984, but their recent record is poor. The last time they made it out of the group stage, they got to the final in 2009 before losing to Germany.
The Young Lions were unbeaten in qualifying for the Poland tournament, winning six games and drawing two in a group including Norway, Switzerland, Kazakhstan and Bosnia and Herzegovina.
Slovakia’s record was six wins, a draw and a defeat in a group that featured the Netherlands, Turkey, Belarus and Cyprus.
England have taken a talented squad to Poland, with a number of Premier League regulars included:
The #YoungLions squad for this summer’s @UEFAUnder21 finals has been confirmed! 👉 https://t.co/kPR5Drekmx 👈 https://t.co/3r1yBgJpDP
The likes of Jordan Pickford—who recently secured a £30 million transfer to Everton—Southampton duo James Ward-Prowse and Nathan Redmond, Leicester City’s Demarai Gray and the Toffees’ Mason Holgate all impressed in the English top flight last season.
That kind of experience should prove invaluable to England in Poland, and Slovakia’s players will be aware of the quality they face on Monday.
Slovakia have their own stars to call upon, though. Nearly a dozen of their squad already have senior international caps, and Borussia Monchengladbach midfielder Laszlo Benes is being tipped as a potential star of the tournament, per UEFA:
UEFA U21 EURO @UEFAUnder21
Keep an 👁️ on… László Bénes: Skilfull, versatile Slovakia midfielder with a fierce long-range shot, touted as the new Hamšík. #U21EURO https://t.co/zFP34hJhSP
Monday’s clash is likely to be fiercely competitive given what is at stake, but it could take a while to open up as neither side will want to expose themselves and concede an early goal.
Due to the format at the Euro U21s, a defeat can be almost tournament-ending, so it will be a tense affair at the Kolporter Arena.