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England will face Slovakia in the first knockout stage of Euro 2024

England will play Slovakia in the last 16 of the 2024 European Championship on Sunday.

Gareth Southgate’s side topped Group C despite disappointing draws against Denmark and Slovenia after winning their opener against Serbia.

That 1-0 victory came in Gelsenkirchen, where the Euro 2020 runners-up return this weekend to face Francesco Calzona.

Slovakia finished among the top four third-placed sides and were confirmed as England’s opponents at the end of the group stage on Wednesday evening.

Ondrej Duda runs away to celebrate his goal for Slovakia against Romania
Ondrej Duda’s equalizer against Romania ensured Slovakia’s progress (Arne Dedert/AP)

Calzona’s team finished on four points in Group E, where a 1-0 win against Belgium and 2-1 defeat against Ukraine were followed by Wednesday’s 1-1 draw against Romania.

Slovakia is 45th in the FIFA world rankings – 40 places below England.

England won 2-1 at Wembley in the last meeting between the teams in September 2017 during qualifying for the 2018 World Cup.

The reverse fixture, in September 2016, was a 1–0 win for England in Sam Allardyce’s only match in charge of the national team.