Channel 4 wins rights to live England matches

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England star Jack Grealish credit:Bang Showbiz
England star Jack Grealish credit:Bang Showbiz

Channel 4 has won the rights to show England's matches in the UEFA Nations League, European Qualifiers to UEFA Euro 2024, and international friendlies.

The broadcaster will air six live England games this year - the first time live coverage of the men's national football team will have featured on the channel - beginning with the Three Lions' game against Hungary on June 4th, and followed three days later with their match away at Germany on June 7th.

The deal means that all England matches will be shown live on free to air television until 2024.

Channel 4 CEO Alex Mahon said: "As a life-long committed football fan I am personally so delighted that we have these matches on the channel which further reinforce our reputation as a top quality sport broadcaster having been named Sports Network of the Year at this year’s British Sports Journalism Awards."

England's match against Italy, who they lost to in the Euro 2020 final last year, on June 11th will also be shown, as will the returning three fixtures when Gareth Southgate's men face Hungary, Italy and Germany on June 14th, September 23rd and September 26th respectively.

Channel 4’s Chief Content Officer Ian Katz said: "After bringing some of the biggest sporting moments of last year to the nation, I’m delighted that Channel 4 will be airing so many mouth-watering England matches on free to air television.

“This deal shows Channel 4 can compete for some of the biggest properties in sport and will bring substantial new audiences to our award-winning slate of original programming."

The matches in the UEFA European Qualifiers in 2023 are yet to be determined, with the draw scheduled for October 9, 2022.

England’s UEFA Nations League matches to be shown live on Channel 4:

4th June - Hungary vs England

7th June - Germany vs England

11th June – England vs Italy

14th June – England vs Hungary

23rd September – Italy vs England

26th September – England vs Germany

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