England v Croatia LIVE commentary: Gareth Southgate’s Three Lions face Euro 2020 opener at Wembley


England take on Croatia on Sunday lunchtime as they get their bid for European glory up and running at Wembley.

The Three Lions enjoyed a superb summer at the 2018 World Cup with Gareth Southgate leading his men to the semi-finals.

England take on Croatia in their opening clash of the European Championship

England take on Croatia in their opening clash of the European Championship

Now England are among the favourites to go all the way at Euro 2020 and have home advantage to help them.

They get their tournament under way with a Group D opener against Croatia, the side who beat them to the World Cup final a few years ago.

Southgate’s preparations for the Euros have been hampered by fitness issues but England did beat Austria and Romania in their warm-up friendlies.

Harry Kane will lead his Three Lions side out in front of 20,000 England fans in London and talkSPORT will also be in attendance to bring you all the action.

England v Croatia: How to listen

This Group D tie will get under way at 2pm on Sunday, June 13.

Full coverage from Wembley will be live on talkSPORT, with our pre-match build-up starting at 12pm.

Mark Saggers will be your host and commentary will come from Jim Proudfoot and Stuart Pearce.

To tune in, click the radio player below or HERE for the live stream.

Here are the other ways to listen…

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Radio – talkSPORT is available across the United Kingdom via DAB digital radio and on 1089 or 1053 AM.

TV – Listen to talkSPORT through your TV on the following channels: Sky: Channel 0108 Virgin Media: Channel 927 Freeview: Channel 723 Freesat: Channel 731

England lost to Croatia in the World Cup semi-finals in 2018 despite Kieran Trippier’s stunning free-kick

England lost to Croatia in the World Cup semi-finals in 2018 despite Kieran Trippier’s stunning free-kick

England v Croatia: Squads

England

Goalkeepers: Dean Henderson (Manchester United), Sam Johnstone (West Bromwich Albion), Jordan Pickford (Everton)

Defenders: Ben White (Brighton), Ben Chilwell (Chelsea), Conor Coady (Wolves), Reece James (Chelsea), Harry Maguire (Manchester United), Tyrone Mings (Aston Villa), Luke Shaw (Manchester United), John Stones (Manchester City), Kieran Trippier (Atletico), Kyle Walker (Manchester City)

Midfielders: Jude Bellingham (Dortmund), Phil Foden (Manchester City), Jack Grealish (Aston Villa), Jordan Henderson (Liverpool), Mason Mount (Chelsea), Kalvin Phillips (Leeds United), Declan Rice (West Ham), Bukayo Saka (Arsenal), Jadon Sancho (Dortmund)

Forwards: Dominic Calvert-Lewin (Everton), Harry Kane (Tottenham), Marcus Rashford (Manchester United), Raheem Sterling (Manchester City)

Croatia

Goalkeepers: Dominik Livakovic (Dinamo Zagreb), Lovre Kalinic (Hajduk Split), Simon Sluga (Luton)

Defenders: Borna Barisic (Rangers), Domagoj Bradaric (LOSC Lille), Duje Caleta-Car (Marseille), Josko Gvardiol (Leipzig), Josip Juranovic (Legia Warszawa), Dejan Lovren (Zenit), Mile Skoric (Osijek), Domagoj Vida (Besiktas), Sime Vrsaljko (Atletico Madrid)

Midfielders: Mateo Kovacic (Chelsea), Luka Modric (Real Madrid), Marcelo Brozovic (Inter Milan), Milan Badelj (Genoa), Nikola Vlasic (CSKA Moskva), Mario Pasalic (Atalanta), Ivan Perisic (Inter Milan), Mislav Orsic (Dinamo Zagreb), Luka Ivanusec (Dinamo Zagreb)

Forwards: Josip Brekalo (Wolfsburg), Ante Budimir (Osasuna), Andrej Kramaric (Hoffenheim), Bruno Petkovic (Dinamo Zagreb), Ante Rebic (AC Milan)

England beat Austria and Romania in their warm-up friendlies

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England beat Austria and Romania in their warm-up friendlies

England v Croatia: What has been said?

Harry Kane insists England are in a better position heading into the European Championship than they were for their run to the 2018 World Cup semi-finals.

“I’d say so,” the Tottenham striker said when asked if the squad is stronger than in 2018.

“We’re probably in a better place. Going into that World Cup, we maybe weren’t sure where we were as a team, but we performed really well and stepped up to the occasion.

“I feel like now we’ve had a bit more experience, players in the biggest games for their club and obviously players who have played in that World Cup have had that experience as well.

“I feel like we are in a good place. We know there is still a lot of hard work that goes into it.

“We don’t just turn up and win the tournament. We haven’t won a tournament as a country for a long, long time, so there needs to be a lot of good mentality along the whole way as it is a long, tough journey to get to the later stages of a major tournament.

“Obviously there’s a bit more pressure on us this year than there was going into that World Cup, so we just have to take it in our stride and look forward to the challenge.”

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