England vs Serbia recap - Bellingham scores as Three Lions win Euro 2024 opener (2024)

England got off to a winning start at Euro 2024 - but their 1-0 victory over Serbia was not entirely comfortable. Jude Bellingham scored the only goal just 13 minutes into the Group C clash in Gelsenkirchen.

The Real Madrid star met Bukayo Saka’s cross to nod England in front. At the time, it felt as though Gareth Southgate’s side would go on to score a big victory.

But Serbia caused the Three Lions huge problems. Aleksandar Mitrovic, Dusan Vlahovic and Sergej Milinkovic-Savic all went close for Serbia. Jordan Pickford was in fine form, while John Stones and major tournament debutant Marc Guehi defended excellently.

Harry Kane - who was largely anonymous throughout - thumped the crossbar in the second half. The Bayern Munich forward met Jarrod Bowen’s cross but was superbly denied by Serbia goalkeeper Predrag Rajkovic.

England just about held on to a narrow win. Southgate and his players will care little about how it was achieved.

The Three Lions face Denmark on June 20 before rounding off Group C against Slovenia on June 25.

Jonathan Spencer

And that's a wrap!

That's all from our live blog of England vs Serbia.

Thanks for sticking with us during England's opener. We'll be back when England take on Denmark on Thursday evening.

In the meantime, you can follow our latest Euro 2024 blog right here...

Jonathan Spencer

Gary Lineker offers Harry Kane explanation

Gary Lineker has shared his thoughts on Harry Kane's subdued performance against Serbia last night.

At half-time, Lineker said "He is playing his part, he's not dropping deep like we've seen from him in the past, he's keeping Serbia deep to make that space for the creative players behind him. He won't care about general touches, just those he can make to put the ball in the back of the net."

Jonathan Spencer

Gareth Southgate issues his verdict

Gareth Southgate has spoken out following England's nervy win against Serbia.

He said: "Serbia are a strong team. We had to suffer a bit, which I think is really good for us to come through and to defend our box in the way we did under pressure is important for the group. That's the reality of tournaments.

"We had good chances to extend the lead and kill the game, which we didn't manage to take. I was really pleased with a lot of the play, especially the first half. I thought we used the ball really well. Second half we didn't keep it quite as well as we need to but to get the win and the start that we have is really important."

Sam Smith

Thanks for following

That's all we've got time for tonight.

It was an important victory for England as they kicked off Euro 2024 Group C with three points.

A victory over Denmark on Friday will see the Three Lions into the knockout phase.

We'll be back tomorrow morning with more reaction to the victory.

Sam Smith

Erik ten Hag criticises Gareth Southgate 'gamble' during England win

Erik ten Hag seemed to take a dig at Gareth Southgate after England’s win over Serbia.

The Manchester United boss was working as a pundit for Dutch television during the Euro 2024 Group C clash.

Ten Hag appeared to criticise Southgate’s tactics as taking a ‘gamble’ after leading 1-0.

He said: "It's the vision of the manager [Southgate]. England will take a 1-0 lead, then he [Southgate] decides to start gambling with making his team compact and relying on moments for the remaining minutes of the game."

Sam Smith

Micah Richards 'sad' about Phil Foden's England role

Phil Foden has made Micah Richards ‘sad’.

Foden came in and out of the game without making a major impact.

Richards is ‘sad’ that England are unable to get the best out of the Manchester City playmaker.

"It makes me sad that a player of his quality is just in and out of the game," he told the BBC of Foden.

"It's just disappointing we're not able to get the best out of him."

Sam Smith

Jude Bellingham wins Man of the Match

Naturally, Jude Bellingham won the Man of the Match award.

It was the Real Madrid star’s header that secured England’s win.

He told the BBC afterwards: "Jude Bellingham is made up of amazing people. It's not just me. It's because I have such a great support network."

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Jude Bellingham was named Man of the Match (Image: Getty)

Sam Smith

Harry Kane reacts to England win

Harry Kane was pleased England navigated a ‘tough’ Serbia team at Euro 2024.

The Three Lions captain told the BBC: "We knew it was going to be a tough game, Serbia pose a lot of threats and have some good players.

“They will make it a battle for you and I think we dealt with it really well. There was a spell in the second half where we got camped in our box and we found it hard to get out but it was an important win tonight.

"It's a tough game. They are a tough team and have good players. We stood up to it well and it is good to get the three points and [for us] to progress. It's good that we got the win today."

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Harry Kane said England navigated a 'tough' Euro 2024 opener (Image: Getty)

Sam Smith

England v Serbia reaction... up next

We'll have all the best reaction to England's victory over Serbia at Euro 2024.

Stay tuned!

Sam Smith

FULL TIME: England 1-0 Serbia

England have, just about, secured a 1-0 win over Serbia in Gelsenkirchen.

Jude Bellingham scored the game's only goal.

The lack of comfort won't bother Gareth Southgate and his players.

It's an important three points to kick off Group C.

Sam Smith

A third England substitution

Jude Bellingham's night is over on 85 minutes.

He's replaced by Kobbie Mainoo, who makes his competitive England debut.

Sam Smith

Wonderful save by Jordan Pickford

Jordan Pickford has kept England ahead with a fantastic save to deny a curling Dusan Vlahovic shot.

From the resulting corner, Harry Kane blocks a goal-bound effort right in front of Pickford.

The England captain punches the air in celebration.

Sam Smith

Fitness concern for England

Kieran Trippier is off the pitch receiving treatment.

Remember, England have gone into Euro 2024 without a recognised fit left-back.

Luke Shaw is returning from a hamstring problem and is likely to be only fit to start against Denmark next week.

Trippier is back on the pitch and all eyes will be on how he fares for the final 10 minutes.

Sam Smith

Off the bar!

Oh so close to a second England goal!

Jarrod Bowen's first involvement sees him stand up a cross to the back post.

Harry Kane meets the ball with a thumping header but his effort is wonderfully parried onto the crossbar by Predrag Rajkovic.

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Harry Kane struck the crossbar for England (Image: Getty)

Sam Smith

Bukayo Saka replaced

Bukayo Saka's race is run.

West Ham's Jarrod Bowen replaces him on the right of England's attack.

Saka's cross set up Jude Bellingham's goal but he's endured a quiet second half.

Sam Smith

England substitution

It is indeed Chelsea's Conor Gallagher who comes on, replacing Trent Alexander-Arnold.

It was a largely positive first tournament start in midfield for the Liverpool player.

Gallagher will want to help England gain some control in the second half.

Twenty minutes remaining...

Sam Smith

What should Gareth Southgate change?

England have not managed to have a sustained period of possession in the second half.

There's a sense that Gareth Southgate might need to make a couple of changes.

Cole Palmer and Conor Gallagher have been warming most the most vigorously of the England substitutes.

Sam Smith

England 1-0 Serbia

Approaching the hour and England are just about settling back into the game.

They soaked up some early second-half pressure.

Trent Alexander-Arnold has just forced Serbia goalkeeper Predrag Rajkovic into a save from long range.

Sam Smith

Second half: England 1-0 Serbia

We're back underway in Gelsenkirchen.

England lead thanks to that early Jude Bellingham goal.

Serbia improved in the last 10 minutes of the second half and will look to use that momentum now.

Sam Smith

Half-time: England 1-0 Serbia

England survived a late storm from Serbia in the final five minutes of the first half.

Gareth Southgate's side lead through Jude Bellingham's early goal.

Sam Smith

Harry Kane's role

This has been near-perfect from England so far but if there's a slight criticism then it's Harry Kane's involvement.

The Three Lions captain has struggled to get into the game, barely touching the ball.

It's been a struggle for Kane up against three powerful Serbian centre-backs.

Sam Smith

England 1-0 Serbia

It's been a hugely positive first half an hour from England.

Jude Bellingham put the Three Lions ahead with a close-range header.

One minor hiccup in midfield saw Trent Alexander-Arnold's loose touch lead to a half-chance for Aleksandar Mitrovic, but he fired wide.

England in control.

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Jude Bellingham put England ahead (Image: Getty)

Sam Smith

GOAL! England 1-0 Serbia

It's the perfect start for England!

Jude Bellingham connects with Bukayo Saka's cross to head England in front.

Sam Smith

A positive first 10 minutes from England

England have naturally dominated possession in the opening 10 minutes.

Phil Foden and Jude Bellingham have both looked bright.

Sam Smith

Kick off!

We're underway in Gelsekirchen.

Stick with us for full coverage of England's opening Euro 2024 clash with Serbia.

Sam Smith

God Save The King booed

It's a belting rendition of God Save The King inside the Veltins Arena.

However, both anthems have been very loudly booed inside the stadium.

The game will be underway in a few moments' time.

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England's stars were booed while singing God Save The King (Image: Getty)

Sam Smith

15 minute warning

England begin their Euro 2024 campaign against Serbia in just 15 minutes.

Let us know in the comments what you're expecting from the Three Lions.

Sam Smith

Novak Djokovic makes appearances in Gelsenkirchen

Serbian tennis icon Novak Djokovic has appeared on the screen at the Veltins Arena.

Djokovic sent a good luck message to the Serbian football team.

Djokovic with a good luck message to Serbia, to huge cheers pic.twitter.com/UZdsMJtrED

\u2014 Miguel Delaney (@MiguelDelaney) June 16, 2024

Sam Smith

Police issues update on Euro 2024 unrest

There was unrest in Gelsenkirchen prior to England's Euro 2024 match against Serbia.

German police say that seven Serbian citizens were arrested.

There are conflicting reports over whether England fans were involved. Some claim that it was instead Albania supporters.

Sam Smith

Serbia team to face England

It's a strong, very recognisable Serbia team trying to cause an upset against England tonight.

Serbia XI: Rajkovic, Milenkovic, Veljkovic, Pavlovic, Zivkovic, S.Milinkovic-Savic, Lukic, Gudelj, Kostic, Mitrovic, Vlahovic.

Aleksandar Mitrovic is known to fans on these shores for his spells with Newcastle and Fulham.

Dusan Vlahovic has previously been linked with Arsenal.

Sam Smith

Confirmed England team to play Serbia at Euro 2024

England: Pickford, Walker, Stones, Guehi, Trippier, Rice, Alexander-Arnold, Saka, Bellingham, Foden, Kane.

Gareth Southgate is able to name the rest of his 26-man squad on the bench, in a change from Euro 2020.

Four years ago, bosses were forced to exclude three players from the matchday squad.

Your #ThreeLions to take on Serbia! \ud83d\ude4c pic.twitter.com/dWKkaYO2EJ

\u2014 England (@England) June 16, 2024

Sam Smith

Where is England vs Serbia being played?

England will meet Serbia at the Veltins Arena, Gelsenkirchen.

The stadium is home to German side Schalke.

England have bad memories of the venue. It hosted their 2006 World Cup quarter-final defeat against Portugal.

Wayne Rooney was infamously sent off in the game.

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England have bad memories of the Veltins Arena (Image: Getty)

Sam Smith

When will England vs Serbia team news be confirmed?

England vs Serbia will kick off at 8pm in Gelsenkirchen.

Team news is due in 10 minutes, at around 7pm.

We're not expecting any major surprises from Gareth Southgate.

Sam Smith

Travel causes causes issues for England fans

The travel situation in Germany has caused a few issues for fans and journalists already this weekend.

Trains and buses have been criticised by tournament-goers.

One journalist has urged fans who are still in Gelsenkirchen to travel to the stadium by foot, rather than attempt to catch public transport.

For any England or Serbia fans who are still in the middle of Gelsenkirchen (or worse still not there yet), I\u2019d recommend you set off on foot if you can.

It\u2019s about three miles but the public transport situation is a total mess #ENGSER

\u2014 Oliver Kay (@OliverKay) June 16, 2024

Sam Smith

Predicted England line-up

Trent Alexander-Arnold is widely expected to start in midfield for England tonight.

Marc Guehi could also get the nod alongside John Stones, who has recovered from a bout of illness.

Predicted England team: Pickford, Walker, Stones, Guehi, Trippier, Rice, Alexander-Arnold, Saka, Bellingham, Foden, Kane.

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Trent Alexander Arnold is expected to start for England tonight (Image: Getty)

Sam Smith

Good evening!

Hello and welcome to live coverage of England's Euro 2024 clash with Serbia in Gelsenkirchen.

We'll have all the team news, build-up and action here in this live blog.

So stay tuned!

England vs Serbia recap - Bellingham scores as Three Lions win Euro 2024 opener (2024)


England vs Serbia recap - Bellingham scores as Three Lions win Euro 2024 opener? ›

Jude Bellingham scored to give England a winning start at the European Championship by beating Serbia 1-0 on Sunday. The Real Madrid star put Gareth Southgate's team in front with a stooping header in the 13th minute at the Veltins Arena from Bukayo Saka's cross.

Who scored in England v Serbia? ›

England 1-0 Serbia: Jude Bellingham netted in an impressive first half but Pickford needed to pull off a great save to secure victory.

Who was the man of the match England v Serbia? ›

We asked you to rate the players during England's 1-0 win over Serbia in their Euro 2024 opener. There was no doubt about your man of the match, with goalscorer Jude Bellingham given an average mark of 8.22 out of 10. Team-mate Bukayo Saka was next highest on 7.2.

Where are Serbia and England playing? ›

England kicked off their Euro 2024 tournament with a 1-0 victory over Serbia in Gelsenkirchen on Sunday evening.

Where is the UEFA EURO 2024? ›

UEFA EURO 2024 is taking place across ten world-class stadiums in Germany from the Olympiastadion Berlin to the Volksparkstadion in Hamburg.

Who scored in the England match today? ›

On England's launch night here in Gelsenkirchen, it was Jude Bellingham's header that ensured an increasingly dicey meeting with Serbia ended in a 1-0 win, three points on the board and, given the threshold for qualifying, an early foot in the knockout stage. Read our full analysis here!

Has England played Serbia before? ›


England have never played an independent Serbia before, though they did face Serbia and Montenegro in an international friendly in 2003 (and the Three Lions also played Yugoslavia on several occasions).

Who was man of the match England? ›

And this particular shift begins with England's man of the match, Jude Bellingham. First, a little recap. Bellingham has deservedly put England ahead with a 13th-minute header, and with a third of the game played everything is going his way.

Where can I watch England vs Serbia live? ›

How to watch Serbia vs England online - TV channels & live streams
BBC OneWatch here
BBC iPlayerWatch here
3 days ago

Who is the guehi England player? ›

Congratulations to ex Youth player Marc Guehi – the first former Cray Wanderers player to represent England in a major finals. Congratulations to Marc Guehi who gave an outstanding performance for England in the Three Lions' 1-0 win vs Serbia in Gelsenkirchen on Sunday evening.

Is football big in Serbia? ›

Football is the most popular sport in Serbia.

Where are Serbia ranked in football? ›

Serbia national football team
First colours Second colours
FIFA ranking
Current33 1 (4 April 2024)
Highest6 (December 1998)
Lowest101 (December 1994)
26 more rows

Is Serbia a football country? ›

Serbia, which carries on the footballing history of the Yugoslavian National Team, has competed in 12 FIFA World Cups, reaching the knockout round on six occasions. Its best finish was at the first FIFA World Cup in Uruguay in 1930, when it took fourth place in the 13-team competition.

Is Ronaldo playing in Euro 2024? ›

Cristiano Ronaldo has become the first player to appear in six European Championships as Portugal scored a late goal to start their 2024 tournament with a 2-1 win over Czechia on Tuesday.

Where will Euro 2028 final be held? ›

England, Northern Ireland, Scotland, Wales, and the Republic of Ireland will host the tournament, which is scheduled to take place between June and July 2028. This will be the third time that England plays host to the event, following Euro 1996 and eight matches in Euro 2020 (including the final).

How many teams will Euro 2024 have? ›

The group stage will run until a week today, June 26, when eight of the 24 competing national teams will be eliminated. The top two sides in each of the six groups will advance to the knockout stage, where they will be joined by the four highest-ranked third-placed teams.

Who scored in England 5 1 win over Germany? ›

On 1 September 2001 Germany met England during the qualifying stages of the 2002 World Cup, at the Olympiastadion in Munich. England won the game 5–1, helped by a hat-trick from Michael Owen. This was also the last match Germany played at the Olympiastadion in Munich.

What was the score between England and Hungary in 1953? ›

Hungary won 6–3 and the result led to a review of the training and tactics used by the England team, and adoption of continental practices at international and club level in the English game.

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