UEFA are exploring changing the Euros to a one nation tournament – and that could mean Wembley losing the final.
European football’s governing body has already postponed the European Championships from last summer to 2021 because of the coronavirus pandemic.
Now they are giving serious consideration to changing the whole format from playing in 12 nations across the whole of Europe to staging it in one country.
UEFA president Aleksander Čeferin has insisted that the Euros must go ahead as it “would bring positive energy to the people” and European football’s governing body say no decision has been taken and they will continue to monitor developments in the hope it can go ahead as planned.
But a change in format would be a massive blow to England which was due to stage the Group matches for Gareth Southgate’s men at Wembley plus also the latter stages, including the final next summer.
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But that now looks in serious jeopardy and, even though nothing is decided, UEFA are making contingency plans especially in the light of the latest setbacks.
UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson has announced another national lockdown and, even though Premier League football can carry on, the notion of an Europe-wide tournament in 12 different countries seems unrealistic.
It has been suggested that Russia could be a front runner as they staged the 2018 World Cup and has had relatively low cases but that is believed to be unlikely. Russia has also allowed limited fans back into the stadiums.
Azerbaijan had also been mentioned as the host nation but that would seem impossible because of an ongoing military conflict with Armenia.
They would need to find a country with low infection rate and few cases which would seemingly rule out England.
Three Lions boss Southgate had already insisted that if UEFA struggled then England could host it – but that chance is now fading fast.
It would be a massive blow for England as they hoped home advantage would help Southgate’s men and give them a big chance while also reviving memories of Euro 96.
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