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England could get extra Euro 2020 game at Wembley in Uefa reshuffle


England could be handed a potential route to the Euro 2020 final that involves playing all but one of their matches at Wembley if, as expected, Uefa confirms on Friday that Dublin is no longer a host city.

Failure to offer a guarantee on minimum spectator levels means the Aviva Stadium will almost certainly be forced to relinquish the four games it is slated to host, including the last-16 tie between the winner of Group D, which contains England, and the runners-up in Group F, which includes Germany, Portugal and France.

It is understood the Football Association has said it is ready to host extra games and would welcome the chance to take that tie. England play all their group matches at Wembley and the semi-finals and final will also be there. All the quarter-finals are due to be played outside London.

Authorities in Bilbao confirmed on Thursday that it would no longer host Spain’s Group E games against Poland, Sweden and Slovakia or a last-16 match, although it is expected that Seville may be allowed to step in. There are doubts about whether Munich will be permitted to host Germany’s three group fixtures and a quarter-final, although it is understood that it is expected to be given last-minute clearance from Uefa.

This month eight of the 12 host venues including Wembley met the deadline to confirm their spectator plans, with stadium capacities ranging from 25% to 100% in Budapest. Rome was soon added to the list and remaining three were given extensions that expire on Friday.

Dublin is due to host Poland v Slovakia on 14 June, Sweden v Slovakia four days later and Sweden v Poland on 23 June. With the second of those games scheduled on the day Wembley hosts England v Scotland, it is believed that at least one of those matches will be played in St Petersburg given Uefa’s desire to permit as many spectators into grounds as is possible.

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A statement from the Bilbao city authorities on Thursday revealed that they had received confirmation the venue would no longer be part of the tournament and were considering legal action. “We asked Uefa on various occasions in recent days to inform us in writing which were the aspects of the contract that we have ceased to fulfil … No such explanation exists.”

Any chance of Tottenham’s stadium being a back-up option have been ruled out because of the club’s involvement with the European Super League. The capacity at Wembley for its three group matches and existing last-16 tie will be at least 25% but that could be increased significantly for the semi-finals and final.



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