The British team will face the runner-up in the world at the legendary London stadium. Later, Austria will debut against the Netherlands, and Macedonia will clash with Romania.
The England team will start the path to the title of European champion, which he never achieved playing in London, against Croatia, the current world runner-up, in a match corresponding to the first date of Group D of the tournament that takes place in eleven European venues.
The duel will be played at the mythical Wembley stadium, where England achieved glory in the 1966 World Cup guided by Bobby Charlton, this Sunday from 10 a.m. (Argentina time), with the arbitration of Italian Daniele Orsato and televised by DirecTV and TNT Sports.
Today they will also play Austria-Macedonia, at 13 in Group C with the Swedish Andreas Ekberg as a referee, at the National Arena in Bucharest (Romania) and the Netherlands-Ukraine, at 16 in Group C at the Johan Cruyff Arena, of Amsterdam, with the arbitration of the German Felix Brych.
The British team could never win a European Championship, not even when they organized it in 1996 and had Germany as champions, who eliminated them in the semifinals in definition with kicks from the penalty spot, at Wembley.
This England, led by Gareth Southgate, who precisely wasted the only penalty of the series of 12 that they executed in the semifinal against the Germans in that Euro of 1996, will play with the advantage of being local in the three matches of the initial phase.
The UK powerhouse always looks like it will be a candidate. Still, then it lacks audacity and hierarchy, but this time it has a team with talented players like Harry Kane, young Phil Foden, Raheem Sterling, and Mason Mount.
Croatia, led by Zlato Dalic, maintains an approximate base to the team that surprised the planet in Russia 2018 by playing the final against France, with the emblem of Luka Modric, Ivan Perisic, Domagoj Vida, Dejan Lovren, and Mario Pasalic.
The Netherlands was champion in the Euro in 1988, organized by Germany with a great team led by Rinus Michels made up of Ruud Gullit, Marco Van Basten, Frank Rijkaard, Ronald Koeman, and Aaron Winter, among other figures.
The Orange arrives with Frank De Boer as a coach and high-level players such as Georgino Wijnaldum (moved to PSG), Matthijs De Ligt, Frenkie de Jong, and Memphis Depay, with a possession scheme and quick transition with a 4-3-3.
The Netherlands' rival will be Ukraine, led by the great scorer Andriy Schevchenko with his best man Ruslan Malinovskyi (Atalanta), the emblem of the team and the most talented, with three forwards to respect as Roman Yaremchuk (Gent), Andriy Yarmolenko (West Ham ) and Oleksandr Zubkov (Ferencváros).
Austria will play Macedonia in Romania. The Austrian team has as its DT the German Franco Foda and as outstanding elements David Alaba, who has just passed from Bayern Munich to Real Madrid and a very interesting attacking midfielder like Konrad Laimer, from German Leipzig.
Macedonia, which makes its debut in the final phase of the Eurocup, is directed by Igor Angelovski, and its figure is the veteran Goran Pandev, 37, a Genoa player who has 20 seasons in Italy.