Bussels loses and England gains Euro 2020

Doug Mendoza
December 8, 2017

We know what you're thinking, 'we've only qualified for the Euros three times ('88, '12, '16)' but the new 24 team format means it's now easier for Ireland to get through the group stages as we found out in Euro 2016.

In other news relating to the pan-European tournament, London will host seven games after UEFA handed the four fixtures scheduled for Brussels to Wembley. Bilbao and Dublin were paired together.in Group E.

Cardiff and Stockholm had also been in contention to host the extra games. This is in addition to the semifinals and final, which were already set for Wembley.

Stadio Olympico in Rome was picked as the opening match venue for the tournament.

As well as deciding where the first game, on 12 June, will be and what to do about Brussels' difficulties, the executive committee also announced where each of the six groups' games will be played.

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The Football Association of Wales last night declared itself "extremely disappointed" with the decision, declaring Euro 2020 its "one and only chance" of staging a major tournament.

Speaking at a press conference in Nyon, which was broadcast on its website, UEFA president Aleksander Ceferin said the decision to take the games from Brussels was unanimous after the Belgian authorities failed to provide guarantees the new stadium would be ready.

Glenn, who has previously pledged that the FA will sink millions into upgrading the national stadium before the tournament, paid tribute to Mayor of London Sadiq Khan for his support.

And if England qualify for the tournament, they will play at least two group-stage games at Wembley, just as Ireland and Scotland will get two home games if they reach the tournament.

Khan said: "It speaks volumes about our great city that London has been awarded an additional four Euro 2020 matches, reinforcing the capital's reputation as the sporting capital of the world".

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