Harry Kane sounds warning over Serbia’s aerial threat ahead of England’s Euro 2024 opener… as Aleksandar Mitrovic and Co eye a major upset

Harry Kane has warned that Serbia are capable of upsetting England in their opening match of Euro 2024
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  • Kane highlighted Serbia’s aerial capabilities through striker Aleksandar Mitrovic
  • The Three Lions have been boosted by the return to training of John Stones
  • Listen to It all starts! Ian Ladyman, Chris Sutton and the Mail Sport team give their tournament predictions
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Harry Kane has warned England that Euro 2024 opponents Serbia could cause a major upset this Sunday.

The national team will take on the Serbians in their first match of the tournament in Gelsenkirchen this weekend, a match that England is expected to win.

There was good news on Thursday as John Stones returned to training after recovering from a bout of illness that saw him quarantined on Tuesday, with the hope he will be fit to start the match.

Stones’ potential presence will be crucial given Harry Maguire’s absence from the squad due to injury.

Maguire’s air power has been crucial for England in the last three tournaments and his absence came as a blow.

England have been given a boost by John Stone's return to training after an illness

England have been given a boost by John Stone’s return to training after an illness

Aleksandar Mitrovic expected to take charge for Serbia as they look to stun the Three Lions

Aleksandar Mitrovic expected to take charge for Serbia as they look to stun the Three Lions

Kane has warned that Serbia’s aerial capabilities could cause England major problems on Sunday.

Former Fulham striker Aleksandar Mitrovic – who stands at 6ft tall and is known for his heading ability – could take the lead for Serbia and captain Kane said: ‘They are a team that can hurt you if you are not good and defensive lined up’ am really strong.

“They make it difficult for us with their moves and they have big players, so they can be very dangerous.

“If we’re not careful it could be a difficult game for us, so we have to make sure we get that right.”

Meanwhile, Serbian defender Strahinja Pavlović insists his team will go for the collar against England.

‘If I asked myself, and if I could decide, I would attack the English. I would go there and try to put pressure on them.

‘Everyone has flaws, even the English. We saw how organized Iceland could threaten and defeat them. We analyze everything.’

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