England fans won’t be able to watch the Under-21s at their Euros this summer as no UK broadcaster has picked up the rights.
Lee Carsley’s side kick off their campaign against the Czech Republic on Thursday (June 22) before further group games against Israel on Sunday (June 25) and Germany next Wednesday (June 28).
Some supporters have ventured out to give them their backing for the trio of matches in Georgia, with Romania also co-hosting the tournament.
But Three Lions fanatics hoping to catch the action at home will be left sorely disappointed. Sky Sports aired fixtures from the last tournament in 2021.
And the BBC showed England’s recent outings on the red button earlier this year. But neither they nor any other broadcaster have opted to pay for the privilege this time around.
According to the Daily Mail, the FA are disappointed by the lack of interest from TV companies but have no alternative. UEFA will be streaming games via their online service, meaning they can’t do so on their YouTube channel.
It’s believed broadcasters are holding back funds for the women’s World Cup, which gets underway in Australia and New Zealand next month.
The Lionesses will likely drawing larger viewing figures than the U21s, especially just 12 months on from their historic Euros triumph on home turf.
Carsley, meanwhile, has plenty of talent in his squad, including Newcastle’s £45million winger Anthony Gordon and Morgan Gibbs-White, who cost Nottingham Forest a similar sum.
Also included is 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.