The BBC and ITV will share the group game fixtures for the 2018 World Cup in Russia.

World Cup TV Schedule

The BBC and ITV will share TV coverage of the 2018 World Cup group games in Russia.

ITV will broadcast the opening match of the tournament, the hosts Russia against Saudi Arabia.

England’s first two matches against Tunisia and Panama will be on BBC, and the final potentially vital group game against Belgium will be on ITV.

In terms of the knockout-stages, ITV will get to pick the first two of the last-16 fixtures, and the first pick of the semi-finals. They will also televise the third-place playoff game.

The BBC will get the first two picks of the quarter-finals.

The final, on July 15th will be televised by both the BBC and ITV.

Niall Sloane, ITV’s director of sport, said: “The build-up to the World Cup has now begun and we’re looking forward to bringing viewers entertaining and comprehensive coverage on ITV, ITV4 and the ITV Hub, as well as on social media.”

Additionally, head of BBC TV sport, Philip Bernie, said: “We’re delighted with our selection of matches, which sees the BBC bring England’s first two games of the competition live to our audiences, as well as their potential quarter-final. We are also very pleased to be showcasing the skills of the world’s best players, Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo, in five of their group matches.”

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England’s opening game is on June 18th again Tunisia (Getty Images)

World Cup TV Schedule (UK times)

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28 June

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