OK so we will admit the first few World Cup qualifiers are a tad dull and meaningless, for the bigger nations at least. Aside from an unlikely upset, it’s not till about now that these matches start to mean something and victories have tangible outcomes.
But also, all the football, all the time!
When is England playing?
England is playing on Friday 1 September vs Malta, and it’ll be live on ITV in the UK with kick off at 7.45pm BST.
Then on Sunday 4 September they’ll play Slovakia, again shown on ITV at 7.45pm BST.
Scotland and Wales’ matches are all being shown on Sky Sports Football this weekend. You can pay just £9.99 with NOW TV to see them all.
You can watch online via the ITV Hub here.
How to watch the World Cup qualifiers
All of the matches from 1 September right up to at least 9 October have been scheduled for UK TV.
Many can be found on the Sky Sports Red Button, though some will be on Sky Sports Football, the main channel.
The occasional match will also be on ITV4 and BT Sport.
How to watch without Sky Sports
If you don’t have Sky, you can purchase a NOW TV pass from £6.99 per day or £9.99 per week to get access. But be aware that this does not allow access to the Red Button matches, of which there are many.
Click here to view NOW TV’s Sky Sports passes.
How to watch if you’re on holiday
If you’re abroad this weekend and are desperate to catch England or any of the other matches, you can access them via a VPN provided you already pay for the service at home.
We recommend this two-year offer from Nord VPN, currently with 72% off the regular price
Simply download and install the software on your phone, tablet or computer to access ITV for the England matches.