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England "very likely" to be sole host of Euro 2020 this summer

Wembley, Euro 2020, 2021
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The delayed Euro 2020 could be coming to the UK this summer, as fears over further coronavirus spreads put current plans for a Europe-wide tournament in danger.

According to BeIN Sports correspondent Tancredi Palmeri, the competition is now "very likely" to be held solely in England.

The Euros were intended to be held last year, and would mark the European Championships 60th anniversary by being held in 12 'host cities' across Europe, rather than the traditional format of a single host country, or two joint host nations.

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London's Wembley is scheduled to host the final, as well as several other matches, with other games played in Glasgow, Dublin, Munich, Rome, Baku, Saint Petersburg, Bucharest, Amsterdam, Bilbao, Budapest and Copenhagen.

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Though coronavirus vaccines are now being rolled out internationally, the varied levels of vaccinations in different countries could cause issues for travel.

The UK has currently vaccinated more people than any other European country, with 18 million so far receiving their first jab – more than double Turkey, the next UEFA country with most jabs carried out.

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This has led the British government to lay out a 'road plan' for normal life to resume post-COVID, with football fans able to return to stadiums in numbers up to 10,000 from May, and restrictions lifted entirely in June – meaning the Euro final at Wembley should be able to hold a capacity 90,000 crowd.

And while Palmeri's tweet only cites England as a potential host, vaccinations in Scotland – where four Euro 2020 games are already scheduled to be played – and Wales are in line with the UK national rollout. That means that venues such as Glasgow's Hampden Park and Cardiff's Millenium Stadium could also be potential grounds used.

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Conor Pope
Conor Pope

Conor Pope is the Online Editor of FourFourTwo, overseeing all digital content, and joined the team in February 2019. He plays football regularly, both on grass and artificial surfaces, and has a large, discerning and ever-growing collection of football shirts from around the world.

He supports Blackburn Rovers and holds a season ticket with south London non-league side Dulwich Hamlet. His main football passions include Tugay, the San Siro and only using a winter ball when it snows.