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EFL lift 3pm blackout and fixture times moved so England fans can cheer on Kane and Co against France in World Cup

TWO Championship games will be streamed live on Saturday as the EFL lift the 3pm blackout to enable fans to watch England’s World Cup quarter-final with France.

English football’s second tier returned for the first time since the start of the World Cup last weekend as Sunderland beat Millwall.

The country will come to a stand still for England’s clash with France

But the first full set of fixtures since mid-November takes place this Saturday, beginning with Blackburn’s home game against Preston at midday – one of three televised Championship matches.

That clash and the 12.30pm game between Rotherham and Bristol City have both been moved to earlier in the day.

As has Reading vs Coventry which will take place at 2pm.

And according to BBC Sport, the nationwide televised blackout ordinarily put in place for football at 3pm will be temporarily lifted for two of the afternoon games.

Huddersfield’s trip to Sheffield United and Stoke’s clash with Cardiff will be streamed by the EFL, the report states.

This and the earlier kick-off times mean football supporters do not need to be concerned about getting back in time for England‘s crunch clash with France.

Gareth Southgate’s Three Lions take on the reigning world champions in Qatar at 7pm BST.

The huge match is being aired on ITV1, with coverage getting underway from 6pm.


Meanwhile, Burnley sit top of the Championship table as they get their domestic action back underway away at QPR.

A defeat for Vincent Kompany’s men would see Sheffield United leapfrog them into top spot if they can beat rock bottom Huddersfield.

Blackburn, Watford, Norwich and QPR currently make up the play-off places, while Wigan and Blackpool join Huddersfield in the relegation zone.

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