Wembley given more Euro 2020 games

Wembley given more Euro 2020 games

London will host seven games during Euro 2020 after UEFA handed the four fixtures scheduled for Brussels to Wembley on Thursday.

Belgium's capital city has been ruled out as a planned new stadium is still to be built and Uefa has not received the necessary guarantees.

The British Isles will host a total of 15 of the 51 matches at Euro 2020, with Hampden Park in Glasgow and Dublin's Aviva Stadium each set to stage three group matches and a last-16 tie.

Despite being in the running as alternative options, Cardiff's Principality Stadium and Stockholm's Friends Arena missed out on the chance to replace Brussels.

England's national stadium is one of 12 venues across Europe hosting Euro 2020 games.

In addition to the host-city pairs, UEFA also announced that the opening match of the tournament will be played at Rome's Stadio Olimpico.

Koen De Brabander, chief executive of the Belgian Football Association, said in a statement that they did everything they could to make UEFA hold off.

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The 2020 tournament is the first to be played under a new format with group games spread across several countries.

Group A games will be played in Rome and Baku, while Group B games will take place in Saint Petersburg and Copenhagen.

Brussels has lost the right to be a host for the tournament because of delays in the construction of the 60,000-capacity Eurostadium project on the site of Heysel.

Bilbao and Dublin were paired together.in Group E.

The boost to England's credentials as a host of major tournament football comes after it emerged this week that chairman Greg Clarke has begun laying the groundwork for a potential bid for the 2030 World Cup.

Glenn also thanked the Government and Mayor of London for their help in securing the games, which will be staged in a post-Brexit Britain.

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