Wembley Stadium has been selected to stage an additional four matches at UEFA Euro 2020, which were originally scheduled for Brussels.
Wembley will now host three group stage games and one round of 16 fixture at Euro 2020. This is in addition to London staging the tournament’s semi-finals and the final.
The allocation of games to Wembley follows the news that the Belgian capital is delayed in building its 60,000 seater stadium and officials have failed to provide any guarantees that the stadium would be complete in time for the tournament in 2020.
The London-based stadium wasn't the only venue with hopes of picking up Brussels games, with the Principality Stadium in Cardiff and Stockholm's Friends Arena also wanting to be picked as host. Hampden Park also had hoped to stage the opening game, but UEFA awarded the match to Stadio Olimpico in Rome.
Euro 2020 will be the first European Championship to be held across multiple countries. Wembley is one of 12 venues across 12 different cities that will host the 24 nations competing at the Euros.
FA chief executive Martin Glenn said: "We are delighted to help UEFA by hosting the additional four matches at Wembley Stadium.
“It’s an honour to be one of the 12 nations that will play a part in this prestigious ‘Euro for Europe’ tournament and I would like to thank the UEFA Executive Committee for giving us the opportunity to stage these games.
“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. Together we are determined to deliver open, inclusive and memorable events for the fans at one of the world’s greatest stadiums.”
The Mayor of London, Sadiq 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.
“It’s the perfect starting point for a tournament that will culminate in London proudly hosting the showpiece semi-finals and final.
“We look forward to welcoming some of the world’s best players and fans from around Europe and the world – confirming that #LondonIsOpen.”
Minister for Sport Tracey Crouch added: “With matches being played across Europe, for the 60th anniversary of the competition, it will be a very special tournament and I know that we will give fans a warm welcome when they visit England's iconic national stadium.”
Image: ©Getty Images