England is to begin their UEFA U-21 Euros campaign against the Czech Republic on Thursday 22nd June 2023. The teams will participate in the tournament to claim the age-group competition.

Excited to watch your favourite upcoming players and the teams with your friends and family on TV at home, but you can’t find the match streaming on it because sadly SKY Sports and BBC have opted to stay out for showing the telecast on TV unlike in 2021. Disappointing it is to hear such news for all the football fans in England.

England much anticipated future players are heading to Romania and Georgia for the 24th edition of the championship. The championship is taking place in Romania and Georgia between June 21 and July 8, 2023. Romania hosted the opening match between Belgium and Netherlands, while Georgia will host the final. Romania had a history of hosting the 1998 final. Same as the previous Under-21 Championships that were held one year before the Olympics, this tournament will serve as European qualifying for the 2024 Summer Olympics.

Defending champions Germany leads a stacked field that includes every past champion bar Russia and Serbia with bright young talents.

Reason for not streaming UEFA U-21 Euros on TV

England fans won’t be able to see the matches on TV as no broadcasters have agreed to pick up the rights for it.

Moreover, back in March, the sources claimed that Sky Sports had not bid to broadcast the Euros due to spending cuts which have resulted in reduced coverage of international football. Since 2007, Sky Sports had broadcasted every Euro U21 tournament.

The report added that terrestrial broadcasters were in a “deadlock” with UEFA, with UK companies not willing to air the competition on their main channels.

UEFA supposedly wanted a guarantee of bigger audiences for when the tournament kicked off with more engagement time.

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Sky Sports committed to showing the 2021 rendition of the tournament, which saw England eliminated from the group stage, but this time has not bid for the rights. Meanwhile, the BBC recently shared England U21 fixtures, which were made accessible on the red button. However, they too passed up the opportunity to showcase the competition, despite it being stacked with one of the best upcoming and promising Premier League talents.

According to the sources, companies are using the funds cautiously and decided not to purchase the rights for Lee Carsley’s team this year. Companies are holding the funds back for the Women’s world cup, in Australia and New Zealand next month. Amid England’s recession prediction companies are playing it cautiously and FA was disappointed by this decision and had no option due to UEFA regulations to show it on their youtube channel

Where to watch UEFA U-21 Euros matches?

The BBC and ITV eventually agreed on a joint broadcast deal with FIFA but the stand-off perhaps highlights budget issues in the TV industry.

UEFA said: “For now, matches will be streamed live for free on UEFA TV.”

The tournament will also air across CBS Sports Network and CBS Sports Golazo Network

*Matches will air on tape delay

England will kick off their campaign against the Czechs and will further go on to play group matches against Israel on Sunday and Germany the following Wednesday. The top two from each group will go into the quarter-finals, meaning Lee Carsley’s men could potentially play six games in Georgia, if the results go in their favour.

 Michael Regan/The FA

Players to watch out for :

England has plenty of talent in the squad, including Newcastle’s £45million winger Anthony Gordon and Morgan Gibbs-White, who cost Nottingham Forest the same sum along with Chelsea’s Levi Colwill, who was called up to Gareth Southgate’s senior set-up for the trip to Malta last week, Liverpool pair Harvey Elliott and Curtis Jones, and Arsenal attacker Emile Smith Rowe.

Anthony Gordon

Along with that, there are other players to watch out for:

Giorgi Mamardashvili, Georgia-6’6”, 22-year-old star familiar to La Liga viewers was a shining star in the struggling Valencia side, dominating his penalty area with goalkeeping skills.

Ryan Gravenberch, Netherlands- At 21, this Bayern Munich star, has already been viewed as the global game’s next great midfielder.

Mykhailo Mudryk, Ukraine- the most expensive player at this tournament, the £89 million man drops down to the U21s desperate to make an impact after a disastrous start to life at Chelsea, where he registered no goals and two assists in 17 appearances, looking some way off the standard required to make an impact in the Premier League.

Youssoufa Moukoko, Germany- At just the age of 18, he has already made 72 appearances for Borussia Dortmund, scoring seven times last season for Borussia and registering an extremely impressive 0.55 non-penalty expected goals per 90. 

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