England men’s team matches will be shown on ITV again from September 2024.
Channel 4 won the rights to show coverage of Gareth Southgate’s side outside of major tournaments from 2022, including last year’s Nations League as well as England’s Euro 2024 qualifying campaign.
But after the finals in Germany next summer, England‘s matches will be shown on ITV, who have struck a deal with UEFA to show matches between September 2024 to June 2028.
The deal includes friendlies, qualifiers and Nations League matches.
Niall Sloane, ITV director of sport, said: “We’re delighted to bring the England men’s team back to ITV, which keeps coverage of their progress between major tournaments on free to air television.
“We have an experienced team here who are looking forward to bringing viewers all the action and insight from England’s qualification campaigns in the coming years.”
Coverage will include the Three Lions’ campaign to reach the 2026 World Cup, which will take place in the USA, Mexico and Canada. Qualification for Euro 2028 will also be shown.
England – along with Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland – have expressed an interest in hosting the tournament, however, it’s understood the Three Lions are expected to play qualifiers even if they win the rights to co-host the tournament.
The Times reports plans by UEFA would see all five hosts play in the qualifying groups with the two automatic spots held in reserve for any host nation that fails to make it. If three or four host countries fail to qualify, the best two would take the reserve spots.
UEFA will announce the hosts of the tournament on October 10 with the combined British Isles bid near certain to get it after original Euro 2028 rivals Turkey joined forces with Italy to host Euro 2032.
England are in a strong position to reach Euro 2024 as they hold a six-point advantage over Italy and Ukraine, who are second and third place respectively in qualifying Group C.
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