FA ‘in talks’ with UEFA to switch entirety of Euro 2020 to the UK

The Football Association are reportedly locked in talks with UEFA to switch the entirety of the delayed Euro 2020 tournament to the UK.

Wembley is scheduled to host all three of England's group games, plus both semi-finals and the final if the tournament goes ahead in 12 cities across Europe as is currently planned.

Hampden Park is due to play host to Scotland's group matches against the Czech Republic and Croatia, with the highly-anticipated Battle of Britain against England slated to take place at Wembley.

But there are doubts as to whether the competition will be able to be staged across several countries amid the complications caused by the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.

And, according to the Daily Mail, talks are ongoing between the FA and UEFA over a plan which would see the tournament played on these shores from start to finish.

The news would also be welcome news for Wales, who would be able to make a strong case to play their matches in Cardiff.

Currently, the Welsh are due to play two of their group games in Azerbaijan, with the third in Italy.

Russia had been rumoured to be a likely destination for the tournament should it happen in one sole country, but that now seems unlikely.

The FA expect a decision from UEFA in the next two months.

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A spokesman for European football's governing body said: "UEFA’s efforts are focused on planning for a tournament in all 12 original venues with fans.

"Decisions that run counter to that plan could be made much nearer the time if necessary, but there are presently no plans to change any venue."

The FA are increasingly confident of fans being allowed into Wembley for England's matches, although potentially at a reduced capacity.

They are already exploring plans of remote coronavirus testing away from the stadium to ensure even a limited number of supporters can attend.

News of a vaccine breakthrough has boosted hopes, and England boss Gareth Southgate is desperate for fans to be able to witness the Scotland clash in particular in person.

“It’s a very special game," he said. "We just have to keep our fingers crossed that crowds are allowed back into the stadium. It would be just a completely different occasion if that’s the case.”

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