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England Edges Serbia in Euro 2024 Opener: Match Report and Player Ratings

Serbia 0 – 1 England

Date: Sunday, June 16, 2024
Venue: Allianz Arena, Munich, Germany
Scorer: Jude Bellingham

In their highly anticipated opening match of Euro 2024, England managed to secure a hard-fought victory over Serbia, with a late header from Jude Bellingham proving to be the difference. The match showcased a disciplined defensive performance from both sides, but England’s persistence paid off in the dying minutes of the game. Here is a detailed report on the match along with player ratings for the English squad.

Match Overview

The game started with both teams cautiously probing each other’s defenses. Serbia, known for their physical style and strong midfield presence, managed to frustrate England’s attacking players for the majority of the match. England, on the other hand, displayed resilience and tactical awareness, maintaining possession and creating sporadic chances.

As the game progressed, England’s patience and tactical setup under Gareth Southgate began to take effect. The decisive moment came in the 85th minute when Jude Bellingham, showcasing his aerial prowess, headed home from a precise cross delivered by Bukayo Saka. The goal was a testament to England’s persistence and quality in key moments.

Player Ratings

Jordan Pickford (Goalkeeper) – 7/10
A solid performance from the Everton shot-stopper. Pickford made a couple of crucial saves to keep Serbia at bay, commanding his area well during set-pieces.

Kieran Trippier (Right Back) – 6/10
Trippier was defensively sound and contributed to the attack with his overlapping runs. However, his crossing was not as accurate as usual.

John Stones (Center Back) – 7/10
Stones was reliable at the back, making several key interceptions and displaying composure under pressure.

Marc Guehi (Center Back) – 7/10
Partnering Stones, Guehi put in a strong performance, winning aerial duels and showing good positional sense.

Kyle Walker (Left Back) – 6.5/10
Walker adapted well to the left-back role, providing pace and defensive solidity. He linked up well with the midfield but was less influential going forward.

Declan Rice (Defensive Midfielder) – 7.5/10
Rice controlled the midfield, breaking up Serbian attacks and distributing the ball effectively. His presence was crucial in maintaining England’s shape.

Trent Alexander-Arnold (Midfielder) – 7/10
Playing in a more advanced role, Alexander-Arnold was instrumental in transitioning from defense to attack. His passing range added a creative spark.

Phil Foden (Attacking Midfielder) – 6.5/10
Foden had moments of brilliance but was often crowded out by the Serbian defense. He showed glimpses of his dribbling skills and vision.

Bukayo Saka (Right Winger) – 8/10
Saka was a constant threat down the right flank, providing the assist for Bellingham’s goal. His work rate and ability to beat defenders stood out.

Jude Bellingham (Central Midfielder) – 8.5/10
The match-winner, Bellingham, was exceptional both defensively and offensively. His goal was a result of his determination and aerial ability.

Harry Kane (Striker) – 6.5/10
Kane had a quiet game by his standards, with few clear-cut chances. However, he held up the ball well and worked hard for the team.


Jarrod Bowen (Forward) – 6/10
Came on late and added fresh legs to the attack. Managed to stretch the Serbian defense with his pace.

Conor Gallagher (Midfielder) – 6/10
Provided energy and defensive cover in the closing stages of the match.

Kobbie Mainoo (Midfielder) – N/A
Entered the game in the final minutes and had little time to make an impact.


England’s victory over Serbia was a result of tactical discipline and a moment of quality from Jude Bellingham. This win sets a positive tone for England’s Euro 2024 campaign as they aim to go deep into the tournament.

For more detailed match analysis and highlights, you can visit the UEFA website (UEFA.com)​​ (FOX Sports)​.

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