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England kick-off their Euro 2016 campaign with a clash against Russia at the Stade Velodrome on Saturday (11 June).

Where to watch live

Kick-off is at 8pm BST. Live TV coverage in the UK is available on ITV 1. Radio commentary is available on BBC Radio 5 live. Live TV coverage in India is available on Sony Six and Sony ESPN, with mobile and online coverage available on SonyLiv. Kick-off is at 12.30am IST (Sunday).

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England kick-off their tournament with a difficult clash against Russia as both teams are favourites to qualify from Group B to the Round of 16. The Three Lions will be favourites to top the group after coming into the tournament on the back of a successful run which has seen them win 10 of their last 12 matches.

Roy Hodgson has bucked the trend of manager's preferring proven experienced players over raw talent and chosen a team filled with young talented players with a slight mix of experienced internationals, making them the youngest squad in the tournament. He will hope their raw energy and willingness to fight will overshadow the lack of experience running through the squad. Harry Kane, Dele Alli, John Stones and Raheem Sterling are some of the young players to watch out for, but there will be equal pressure of the seniors Wayne Rooney, James Milner, Gary Cahill and Joe Hart, who have failed to shine on the international stage thus far.

Wayne Rooney and Harry Kane
Wayne Rooney and Harry Kane will be key for England's hopes of going into the latter stages of Euro 2016 Getty

Rooney will be expected to lead by example despite the younger players coming into the tournament on the back of successful Premier League campaigns with their respective teams. Hodgson is yet to be handed a deal to manage the team beyond this summer's tournament and a successful outing with the new generation will bode well for his future as the Three Lions boss.

Russia is also under pressure coming into the tournament as they will be expected to qualify for the knock out stages from a group that involves debutants Slovakia and Wales – first international tournament in 57 years. They had a disastrous 2014 World Cup when they were knocked out in the group stages, and with the 2018 event happening in Russia, they will want to put in a good performance and re-establish themselves among the Europe's elite.

Leonid Slutsky, however, was handed a double blow ahead of the tournament as key players Alan Dzagoev and Igor Denisov were ruled out with injury.



Betting odds (Betfair)

England – 10/11

Draw – 12/5

Russia – 19/5

What managers say

Roy Hodgson (England): The message is that we've got to approach this tournament without fear, we've got to show confidence in ourselves. I would like the players to show as much confidence in themselves as we, the coaching staff, have in them because we know we do have a lot of very talented footballers."

Leonid Slutsky (Russia): England are a much stronger side than the other teams. They have young players, but of a high level. Their ten victories in qualifying are a testament to that strength.Of course in our group they can surpass anyone."

Team News


Possible XI: Hart; Walker, Cahill, Smalling, Rose; Dier, Alli, Rooney; Lallana, Kane, Sterling.


Possible XI: Akinfeev; Smolnikov, Berezutski, Ignashevich, Schennikov; Shirokov, Yusupov; Golovin, Kokorin, Smolov; Dzyuba.