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What time are England playing at the World Cup and where can I watch the games?

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All you need to know about the kick-off times of England’s World Cup matches in Russia and where you can watch them

In all the excitement about the World Cup, you’ve forgotten about the most important part – making plans to watch the England games.

Sure, you’ve done all the hard work, booking off the relevant half-days and cancelling your other plans so you can get prime seats for Iceland v Argentina, but all this time there’s been a nagging feeling that you’ve forgotten something.

Not to worry, though. Everyone makes mistakes, and we’ve got your back.

Here’s our guide to when – and where – you can catch what might just be the most exciting and likeable team in ages (all kickoff times are UK time).

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England v Tunisia

Time: 18 June, Volgograd Arena 7:00pm

Where to watch: BBC One

England are among the final few teams to get their campaign underway, taking on a Tunisia side which went through its qualifying campaign undefeated and narrowly lost to Spain in a recent friendly. A repeat of England’s 2-0 victory over the same opponents in their 1998 opener would go down very nicely.

England v Panama

Time: 24 June, Nizhny Novgorod Stadium, 1:00pm

Where to watch: BBC One

Panama will be making their World Cup bow against Belgium, before taking on England in the Three Lions’ only weekend game during the group stage. Their manager Hernán Dario Gómez continues the 1998 connections, having been in the Colombia dugout when the South Americans lost 2-0 to England in a game headlined by a stunning David Beckham free-kick.

England v Belgium

Time: 28 June, Kaliningrad Stadium, 7:00pm

Where to watch: ITV1

This game could determine the victor of Group G, and could therefore be the difference between a quarter-final exit to Germany and, well, a quarter-final exit to Brazil. That’s assuming England get past their second round opponents or, indeed, out of the group at all. It’s being played at the exact same time as Tunisia v Panama, so expect some overexcited ‘As Things Stand’ updates throughout.

If England get through

England are odds-on to qualify from the group, and second-favourites (behind Belgium to finish on top.

If England win the group, their second-round game will take place at 7:00pm at the Rostov Arena on 2 July.

If they finish second, their last-16 tie will be played on 3 July, also at 7:00pm, at the Otkritie Arena in Moscow.

This article will be updated as the World Cup progresses.

(Images: Getty)