The FA And UEFA 'In Talks' Over United Kingdom Hosting All Of Euro 2020 Tournament
The FA and UEFA are reportedly in talks over switching Euro 2020 to the United Kingdom.
The rearranged tournament is poised to take place across 12 different European cities but the COVID-19 pandemic makes that rather risky and difficult to pull off with the amount of travelling.
However, the Daily Mail, citing sources from UEFA's HQ in Switzerland, say there are ongoing discussions about the United Kingdom hosting all of the tournament.
It's coming home! FA locked in talks with UEFA for UK to become solo hosts of rescheduled Euro 2020 next summer... and there is increasing confidence fans WILL be allowed into matches. [Daily Mail] :newspaper: pic.twitter.com/85pf07Qa1G- England Football Fans (@EnglidsAway) November 13, 2020
As it stands, London, Dublin and Glasgow all all slated to host fixtures. London's Wembley Stadium will play host to England's three group games against Croatia, Scotland and Czech Republic, while it will also be the venue for semi-finals and the final on 11 July.
In their first tournament appearance for 22 years, Scotland will have home advantage at Hampden Park for their games against Croatia and Czech Republic regardless of whether the tournament is entirely based on these shores.
Meanwhile Wales may well look to push for their fixtures, currently set to be played in Baku and Rome, to be played on home soil in Cardiff if the UK becomes sole host.
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Russia, hosts of the World Cup in 2018, had expressed in staging another of football's festivals but it's now the United Kingdom who look most likely to be UEFA's alternative.
A spokesman for UEFA said: "UEFA's efforts are focused on planning for a tournament in all 12 original venues with fans.
"Decisions that run counter to that plan could be made much nearer the time if necessary, but there are presently no plans to change any venue."
A final call is expected to be made in the next two months but there is optimism that either way fans will be allowed at Wembley for England's fixtures.
A COVID-19 vaccine being available is central to that happening and while 'the home of football' will almost definitely not be completely full, there's reportedly increasing confidence that a "significant number" of supporters will be in attendance.
England memorably hosted the Euros back in 1996, where the Three Lions reached the semi-finals under Terry Venables.
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