England get their European Crew Championships qualifying marketing campaign underneath method on Thursday eighth December with a visit to Serbia.
Liam Pitchford, Paul Drinkhall, Sam Walker and Tom Jarvis journey to Belgrade for the primary of 4 home-and-away qualifying ties.
The match might be streamed reside on ETTU TV. England are in Group A3 with Serbia and France.
The matches are the primary stage of qualifying for the Championships, which might be held in Sweden in September subsequent yr.
Pitchford mentioned: “It is going to be a tricky take a look at. We’ve performed them fairly just a few occasions lately – final time within the Europeans we received 3-2 however had match factors in opposition to us.
“They’re all the time going to combat and by no means quit. They’re a great workforce and have overwhelmed us earlier than.”
The final time England performed away to Serbia, it resulted in a 3-0 victory for the home side, with Drinkhall shedding 3-2 to Alexander Karakasevic, Pitchford happening by the identical rating to Zsolt Peto and Walker being defeated 3-1 by Marko Petkov.
That was in Could 2018 – and the next November, Serbia won the return match 3-1 in Gillingham with Jarvis profitable the primary match in opposition to Ivor Katic however Drinkhall, Walker and Jarvis then happening to Peto, Karakasevic and Peto respectively within the subsequent three matches.
Since then, England have beaten Serbia 3-2 on the European Championships ultimate event in September 2021 – Pitchford profitable two and Walker one, with defeats for Drinkhall and Jarvis. Walker (pictured above) saved three match factors within the fourth match to maintain England within the tie.