After England’s impressive World Cup showing, Gareth Southgate’s men are favourites to top their UEFA Euro 2020 qualifying group, which features Bulgaria, Montenegro, Kosovo, and tonight’s opponents: the mighty Czech Republic.
So far England have acquitted themselves well and currently sit top of group A, six points clear of the Czechs who are in second place. A win for the Three Lions would put them well clear of the competition and guarantee their place in the Euro 2020 finals, held in 12 cities in 12 different European countries from 12th June – 12th July 2020.
Expect to see Southgate keep the faith with many of his World Cup stars, including Jordan Pickford and Harry Maguire. But there’s plenty of talented youngsters ready to make their mark with 20-year-old West Ham midfielder Declan Rice and 18-year-old Chelsea winger Callum Hudson-Odoi doubtless hoping for a start.
Want to see every kick of the ball? Read on to find out the best ways to watch and live stream the Euro 2020 qualifiers…
How to watch Czech Republic vs England in UK
Sky Sports and ITV have been awarded the rights to broadcast UEFA national team matches from 2018 until 2022, but it’s ITV that has the exclusive live rights to England’s Euro 2020 qualifiers.
So if you’re situated in the UK, you won’t have to pay a penny to watch England’s Euro qualifiers. (ITV’s +1 channel might also be of use if you get home late and want to catch the start of the match).
Sky subscribers will still be able to catch the highlights on Sky Sports Football as well as full live action of other qualifiers. For the time being, Sky has not selected any of the UEFA Euro 2020 qualifiers for their 4K Ultra HD coverage.
Czech Republic vs England kicks off at 19:45 BST and will be broadcast live on ITV1. You can also live stream the match online via the ITV Player on a range of devices including smartphones, laptops and tablets. It’s free to watch – provided you have a TV licence.
ITV has no 4K facility, but those games will be available in HD on your television or standard definition via its website and the ITV Player app.
Find out below how you can access those services even if you’re not in the UK at the time of a certain choice fixture.
Watch the Euro qualifiers from abroad using a VPN
Trying to access ITV streams from outside the UK – if you’re on holiday or working abroad, for example – is still a problem. The service will know your location based on your IP address, and will automatically block your access – even if you’re a UK national. This will be the same if you try to access any geo-blocked stream from around the world.
So, you’ll need a Virtual Private Network (VPN) to help you get around this obstacle. A VPN creates a private connection between your device and the internet, such that the servers and services you’re accessing aren’t aware of what you’re doing. All the information passing back and forth is entirely encrypted.
VPNs are as useful for banking as they are at trying to watch video content or access websites that people in your location are not supposed to do. So, whether you want to watch live Euro qualifying matches, enjoy another country’s Netflix library or just keep your browsing data private, then they’re well worth considering.
There are many VPN providers out there, with some more reliable and safe than others. As a rule, we’d suggest a paid-for service and would recommend the following:
You can get three months free when you sign up to a year-long plan, bringing VPN access to smart devices including the Amazon Fire TV Stick, laptops, TVs and both Android and iOS mobiles and tablets. Express also offers a 30-day money-back guarantee.
Which comes in at as little as $2.99 (£2.29) per month and features 24/7 assistance
Once you’ve made your choice, all you need to do is sign in to your VPN service through whichever device you’d like to use to watch the match. When prompted to select a server, you need to pick one which is based in the country whose content you’d like to access. Then navigate to the relevant video streaming app or website and you’re in.
You can find a full list of the world’s broadcasters with rights to show UEFA Euro 2020 qualifying games here.
How to watch live Euro qualifying matches in USA
Exclusive rights to show the UEFA Euro soccer games in the USA belong to ESPN. The Czech Republic vs England match will be shown live on ESPN+, a cross-platform streaming service.
Subscription costs $4.99 per month or $49.99 per year and can be cancelled at any time. In addition to soccer, ESPN+ will grant you access to selected MLB, NHL, NBA games, plus PGA Tour golf tournaments. Best of all, everything’s streamed in HD.
If you’re in the States, you can sign up to ESPN+ here. As well as smartphones and tablets, ESPN+ is available for Apple TV, Xbox One and PS4 consoles.
If you’re going to be out of the country over the next month and a half, you can still use your pass with a VPN. See our above section to find out how to access geo-blocked streams.
How to watch other Euro qualifiers in UK
Not an England fan? Sky has the rights to broadcast all the live Euro 2020 qualifiers not featuring England.
Sky offers several different ways to access its content. The broadcaster screens Euro qualifiers across the Sky Sports HD and Sky Sports Main Event HD channel, as well as via the Sky Go app. If you’re an existing Sky customer, you can add all the sports channels to your package for £23 per month (Sky Sports Complete Pack).
Don’t want to subscribe to a full Sky package with all the bells and whistles? Choose the pay-per-view option from Now TV. Daily, weekly and monthly passes cost from £9.99 to £33.99.
You can find a full list of Euro 2020 qualifiers shown on Sky here.
The Sky Sports HD channel is also available on Virgin Media as part of the Bigger + Sport TV bundle. It’s £72 per month but it comes with all the other Sky Sports channels and all the BT Sports ones too, including BT Sports Ultra HD. All of that brings access to just about every televised sports action you’d care to mention including Premier League, Champions League and Europa League football.
If you’re already a Virgin Media TV subscriber, then it may be a case of upping your package by just a few pounds per month.
A day pass for Sky Sports on Now TV costs £9.99, with a weekly pass coming in at £14.99. A monthly pass typically costs £33.99. But keep an eye on Sky’s website as passes are frequently discounted.
England Euro qualifiers fixture schedule
Friday 11 October 2019
Czech Republic v England (19:45 BST)
Monday 14 October 2019
Bulgaria v England (19:45 BST)
Thursday November 14 2019
England v Montenegro (19:45 GMT)
Sunday 17 November 2019
Kosovo v England (17:00 GMT)