Published: Fri, December 08, 2017
Sports | By Spencer Underwood

England could face Scotland at Euro 2020 if both qualify for finals

England could face Scotland at Euro 2020 if both qualify for finals

The decision means that Wembley will stage seven games in total - the final, both semi-finals, a last-16 match and three group games - resulting in the biggest festival of worldwide football in the country since Euro 96.

Cardiff and Stockholm had also been in contention to host the extra games.

After been selected as one of the host cities in September 2014, it was confirmed that the Aviva Stadium would host two Republic of Ireland games, if qualification was achieved.

The building of a new Brussels stadium for the tournament had run into delays involving the applications for construction and environmental permits. Wembley Stadium was already set to host the semifinals and finals of the tournament.

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.

Euro 2020 will be the first football championship in a format when group matches are spread among different countries.

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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.

The other host cities for Euro 2020 are: Baku, Copenhagen, Munich, Budapest, Rome, Amsterdam, Bucharest and Bilbao. "Today we don't know if they can build a stadium or not", Ceferin told reporters.

"This has been a collective and collaborative process and we could not have done it without the support of the Government and the Mayor of London".

The FA and Khan added that they would now work on a programme of "community activity" around the month-long tournament, while sports minister Tracey Crouch said it was "great news".

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