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Euro 2024: England seal progress without even playing

Spain's win over Albania means England are through, even if they lose final group game against Slovenia

Harry Kane playing football for England

England have sealed their progress to the last-16 of Euro 2024 without even kicking a ball.

Spain’s win over Albania in Group B in Dusseldorf on Monday evening ensured England will progress to the knock-out stage regardless of the outcome of their final Group C game against Slovenia in Cologne on Tuesday night.

England’s four-point haul from their opening two group games against Serbia and Denmark mean they are assured of finishing as one of the four best third-place finishers in the group phase, nomatter what happens tomorrow.

England could actually come to the aid of their World Cup 2018 semi-final conquerors Croatia.

Italy’s late equaliser ensured they qualify as runners-up to Spain in Group B, with Croatia finishing third with two points and a goal difference of minus two.

Should England beat Slovenia by three goals and Denmark overcome Serbia and then both Georgia and Czech Republic lose their final Group F games against Portugal and Turkey then Croatia would sneak through to the last 16.

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Alex Hoad

Alex has more than 15 years' experience in sports journalism and has reported on multiple Olympics, World Cups and European Championships in additional to Champions League, Europa League and domestic football.