[WATCH/STREAMS!] England vs North Macedonia Live Free Online Broadcast 20 November 2023
England are in North Macedonia tonight to put the finishing touches on their qualification campaign for Euro 2024. What channel is North Macedonia vs England on? Kick-off time, TV and live stream for Euro 2024 qualifier
The Three Lions travel to Skopje having sealed qualification for next summer's tournament with two games to spare, but in need of a jolt of excitement following Friday's laboured 2-0 home win over Group C minnows Malta.
It was a lacklustre and subdued night at a sold-out Wembley - where players and fans paid emotional tribute to the late, great Sir Bobby Charlton - in England's final home fixture of 2023, with the hosts failing to register a shot on target for more than an hour as they led via an early own goal before Harry Kane's effort 15 minutes from time.
Gareth Southgate admitted his frustration after that wholly unconvincing display against the world's 171st-ranked team, but insisted that he was not worried by the prospect of his side sleepwalking into the Euro 2024 finals.
Nevertheless he will surely be seeking a marked improvement against a North Macedonia team that gave Italy another scare in Rome on Friday before eventually succumbing to a 5-2 defeat that means the Azzurri - who missed out on last year's World Cup finals after being stunned by North Macedonia - now need only a point against Ukraine on Monday to join England in Germany.
Date, kick-off time and venue
North Macedonia vs England is scheduled for a 7:45pm GMT kick-off tonight on Monday November 20, 2023.
The match will take place at the National Arena Tose Proeski in Skopje.
Where to watch North Macedonia vs England
TV channel: In the UK, tonight's game will be televised live and free-to-air on Channel 4, with coverage beginning at 7pm.
Live stream: Fans can also catch the contest live and for free online via the Channel 4 website and app.
England were hit by a raft of injury withdrawals before the Malta game, with Jude Bellingham, James Maddison, Levi Colwill, Callum Wilson and Lewis Dunk all pulling out, while Kalvin Phillips was unavailable for personal reasons.
That led to Cole Palmer being handed his maiden senior call-up along with Ezri Konsa and Rico Lewis, with the Chelsea forward coming on for his debut as a second-half substitute. Marcus Rashford started after joining up with the squad late.
Though Trent Alexander-Arnold played in midfield, Conor Gallagher made just his second competitive start and the likes of Fikayo Tomori also featured from the off, Southgate, with qualification already assured, was criticised in many quarters for not being experimental enough against the fourth-worst team in Europe, with the likes of Jordan Henderson and Harry Maguire in his first XI again.
Kieran Trippier has since dropped out of the squad due to a personal matter. West Ham's Jarrod Bowen has also been ruled out due to injury, though it is not believed to be serious.
Arsenal duo Declan Rice and Bukayo Saka should return to the starting lineup in Skopje, with England probably still needing a point to secure a top-six seeding for the Euros.
Jack Grealish may also start, along with a potential senior debut for Manchester City team-mate Lewis amid a dearth of senior left-back options compounded by Trippier's absence.
Rashford may not be risked though after an accidental collision with Alexander-Arnold against Malta left him in pain and needing to be replaced by Palmer.
England were a million miles from their fluent best against Malta, something Southgate largely attributed to the non-stop grind of the fixture list.
However, even on an off-night, waiting until the 64th minute for a first shot on target at home against winless minnows with a strong front three on paper is an obvious cause for concern, however the manager tries to explain it away.
England simply must be better, bolder and brighter in Skopje, winning in more convincing and exciting fashion to prevent the predictable naysaying from growing louder with seven months to go until the Euros begin.
The Three Lions have already secured their passage through to next summer in Germany but will be looking to build momentum with only one further international break before the tournament.
Gareth Southgate will also be looking for a much-improved performance after his side’s stuttering display against Malta saw them labour to a 2-0 home win against the world number 171 side.
North Macedonia, meanwhile, will be searching for their first win ever against England. However, even an unlikely victory will do nothing for their Euro 2024 hopes, with Blagoja Milevski’s side sitting in fourth place and six points behind third.
The home side come into this encounter after a spirited display against Italy last week, which saw them briefly threaten a huge comeback, and held the Azzuri to a 1-1 draw in Skopje earlier in qualification.