Thomas Ujj

Thomas Ujj

March 23, 2018

The 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia will be the biggest football event of of the year. With less than three months before the action kicks off, international friendlies are being played to prepare squads for the tournament. This week’s interenational friendlies include spicy matchups such as Netherlands v England and Germany v Spain.

How can you watch these top footballing nations duke it out before the 2018 World Cup in Russia? Let me show you can watch online!

How Can I Watch the Games from Home?

How to Watch Netherlands v England for Free on ITV

Watch International Friendlies for Free With Kodi!

Streaming the Games: Step by Step Guide

International Friendlies Schedule

2018 Russia World Cup: Need to Know


How Can I Watch?

fuboTV: Seven-day Free Trial!

If you want to watch the World Cup friendlies online (or any international football competition, for that matter), fuboTV is your best option for streaming the games online. fuboTV gives you access to several sports channels, including Fox Soccer Plus, FS1 and FS2, NBA TV, and NBC Sports Network. Also included in certain packages is Univision and Univision Deportes, which provide Spanish-speaking commentary for UEFA and CONCACAF games. While the $34.99 a month price tag might seem high, the good news is that there is a seven-day free trial that will let you watch the matches for free!

The one big drawback with fuboTV is that the service is only available to people in the US. Viewers outside of the US will need to use a Virtual Private Network (VPN) to sign up for the seven-day free trial and stream football games.

Sling TV

Sling TV is another streaming service that allows you to watch football and other sports online. You can choose from the Sling Blue ($25) or Orange ($20) plan, with the option to add extra channels as you go. Sling TV is available on PC, Mac, iOS, Android, Chromecast, Roku, and tons of other devices.

Watching the friendlies through Sling TV is a great way to shed a pricey cable subscription. Just like FuboTV, it has a seven-day free trial.

Unfortunately, Sling TV is in the same boat as fuboTV, with the service only available to US residents. Thankfully, you can skip this silly geo-restriction easily, by using a VPN to unblock Sling TV!

Watch Netherlands v England for Free on ITV

Friday evening’s big matchup between England and the Netherlands will be a can’t miss display between two titans of international football. Luckily for everyone, the game will be streamed on ITV and anyone with a UK IP can tune in for free!

Are you outside of the UK but want to watch ITV and the England v Netherlands game for free? Follow my guide below and watch the match for free!

Watch World Cup Friendlies for Free with Kodi!

Kodi is a new way to watch all of your favorite sports, TV shows, and movies from the comfort of your couch. Simply invest in a Kodi-enabled device and start streaming away! Follow this guide for more information on how to set up Kodi on your device.


Unfortunately, the rising popularity of Kodi has brought unwanted attention from governments and copyright sharks looking to make a quick buck from copyright infringement. Invest in a VPN to secure your Kodi experience today!

BestVPN.com does not condone copyright infringement. While we are aware that VPNs can be used to spoof your location to another country, and thus overcome geo-restrictions, their primary purpose is to provide you with online security and privacy. First and foremost, this is why we recommend using a VPN.

How to Watch International Friendlies Online with a VPN

  1. Choose from our best VPN services list, or sign straight up to my personal favorite, ExpressVPN.
  2. Install the VPN software on your internet-connected device (check with the provider to make sure your device is supported!).
  3. Select one of the streaming options I’ve highlighted above and sign up.
  4. Connect to a VPN server that is in a country where your streaming service is available (a US server is needed for fuboTV and Sling TV, UK for ITV).
  5. Once connected, go to the streaming service you’ve selected and sign up. All done? Then you are all set to start streaming the international friendlies!

2018 Russia World Cup: Need to Know

Where Is It?

Next year’s tournament will take place in a number of major Russian cities, with Moscow, Saint Petersburg, and Sochi among the hosts. Major venues for Russia 2018 include Spartak Moscow’s Otkrytiye Arena and Zenit Saint Petersburg’s Krestovsky Stadium.

Those looking to purchase tickets to any of the games for the 2018 World Cup should check out the official FIFA ticket portal.

2018 World Cup International Friendlies: March 23 – March 26(all times GMT)

Friday March 23

  • Japan v Mali 12:20
  • Azerbaijan v Belarus 16:00
  • Cyprus v Montenegro 16:00
  • Finland v FYR Macedonia 16:00
  • Russia v Brazil 16:00
  • Bulgaria v Bosnia-Herzegovina 17:00
  • Norway v Australia 17:00
  • Turkey v Republic of Ireland 17:30
  • Greece v Switzerland 18:00
  • Hungary v Kazakhstan 18:00
  • Senegal v Uzbekistan 18:00
  • Tunisia v Iran 18:15
  • Saudi Arabia v Ukraine 19:00
  • Serbia v Morocco 19:30
  • Argentina v Italy 19:45
  • Austria v Slovenia 19:45
  • Germany v Spain 19:45
  • Netherlands v England 19:45
  • Poland v Nigeria 19:45
  • Portugal v Egypt 19:45
  • Scotland v Costa Rica 19:45
  • France v Colombia 20:00

Saturday March 24

  • Curacao v Bolivia 00:00
  • Peru v Croatia 00:30
  • Mexico v Iceland 02:00
  • Kenya v Comoros 13:00
  • Armenia v Estonia 14:00
  • Northern Ireland v South Korea 14:00
  • Canada v New Zealand 15:00
  • Georgia v Lithuania 15:00
  • Qatar v Syria 16:00
  • South Africa v Zambia 16:00
  • Sweden v Chile 17:00
  • Israel v Romania 18:00
  • Kosovo v Madagascar 18:00
  • Togo v Ivory Coast 18:00

Sunday March 25

  • Gibraltar v Latvia 15:00
  • Kuwait v Cameroon 16:30
  • Faroe Islands v Liechtenstein 17:00

Monday March 26

  • Bulgaria v Kazakhstan 17:00
  • Finland v Malta 17:00
  • Albania v Norway 18:00
  • Portugal v Netherlands 19:30

2018 World Cup Betting: Odds (via Oddschecker)

  • Germany to win: 11/2
  • Brazil: 7
  • Spain: 8
  • Argentina: 9
  • France: 13/2
  • Belgium: 16
  • Italy: 12
  • England: 20
  • Portugal: 25

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IMAGE CREDIT: FIFA