England: World Cup Key Dates

Important dates in the calendar as Gareth Southgate prepares for Russia 2018.

14 May Is the deadline date for the provisional 35-man England squad to be named and comes the day after the end of the Premier League season.

26 May Kiev hosts the final of the Champions League with the Liverpool contingent of Southgate's squad, minus Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, set to be in action.

2 June A warm-up at Wembley as England take on Nigeria.

4 June The deadline for the final 23-man squad to be announced although the manager hopes to do it before then to avoid the Nigeria friendly being seen as a shoot-out for a place in his party.

7 June Elland Road in Leeds hosts the final send-off before the World Cup as the Three Lions play Costa Rica.

18 June Tunisia are the opening opponents in Group G of the World Cup as the waiting finally ends for England supporters.

24 June Next up for the Three Lions is the city of Nizhny Novgorod and their second group game against Panama.

28 June Then it is the clash of the two favourites to win the group. Will England and Belgium both be qualified by the time they meet in Kaliningrad?

2/3 July The dates for a second round tie, if England haven't done the unthinkable and failed to get out of a favourable looking group.

15 July Can we dare to dream that England will still be in the competition as the eyes of the world are on the final of the 2018 World Cup?

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