The British Government have reportedly contacted UEFA about the opportunity to host the whole of the upcoming European Championship’s in England.
According to recent newspaper reports, culture secretary Oliver Dowden has told UEFA that the current vaccination scheme in the UK will be advanced enough by the summer to allow fans to attend football matches before the rest of Europe.
In addition to that, reports state that ministers will welcome the chance of hosting more games in England, rather than keeping them under the current rules which means they are spread out around Europe.
However, Health Secretary Matt Hancock has since dismissed the idea, telling Sky News; “I haven’t seen anything on that, I understand that that’s not right.”
Despite Hancock’s comments, it’s not the first time that hosting Euro 2020 in one country has been mentioned in recent months, with German legend Karl-Hein Rummenigge also claiming that UEFA were exploring the possibility of reverting back to one host nation for this year’s tournament.
Rummenigge said: “We must not forget that the idea of this special hosting of the tournament came about when the coronavirus did not yet exist.
“At that time it was an initiative of the EU Commission that wanted to have football shown all over Europe.
“But I know that the Uefa president Aleksander Ceferin – who is incredibly careful with corona – is thinking about whether it wouldn’t make more sense in these times to play the tournament in just one country.
“That would be with a corresponding hygiene concept, of course.”
Euro 2020 Schedule
The Three Lions are set to face Croatia, Scotland and the Czech Republic in the group stage at the rescheduled Euro 2020 this summer, with all three ties set to take place at Wembley under the current plans.
In March, Gareth Southgate’s squad will return to 2022 World Cup qualification duties with home matches against San Marino on 25th March and Poland on 31st March, along with a trip to take on Albania on March 28th.
When and where is Euro 2020?
The reorganised Euro 2020 will take place this summer from 11th June until 11th July 2021, and in a change from the normal arrangements and to help celebrate the tournament’s 60th birthday, the competition will take place across 12 cities around the continent, rather than a more usual host nation.
Those cities and stadiums include:
Amsterdam (Netherlands) – Johan Cruyff Arena
Baku (Azerbaijan) – Olympic Stadium
Bilbao (Spain) – San Mames
Bucharest (Romania) – Arena Nationala
Budapest (Hungary) – Puskas Arena
Copenhagen (Denmark) – Parken Stadium
Dublin (Republic of Ireland) – Aviva Stadium
Glasgow (Scotland) – Hampden Park
London (England) – Wembley Stadium
Munich (Germany) – Allianz Arena
Rome (Italy) – Stadio Olimpico
Saint Petersburg (Russia) – Krestovsky Stadium
The Stadio Olimpico in Rome will kick-off proceedings by hosting the first match of the tournament on the 11th June, while England’s Wembley Stadium will also host both the semi-finals and the final.
As a result of the new format in terms of 12 host cities, no nation has automatically been granted a place in the tournament as the hosts, which means all 55 sides have had to qualify in order to cement their place this summer.
Full Euro 2020 Group Draw
Group A: Italy, Switzerland, Turkey, Wales
Group B: Belgium, Russia, Denmark, Finland
Group C: Ukraine, Netherlands, Austria, North Macedonia
Group D: England, Croatia, Czech Republic, Scotland
Group E: Spain, Poland, Sweden, Slovakia
Group F: Germany, France, Portugal, Hungary
Euro 2020 Betting
The betting markets for the Euro 2020 have already attracted plenty of interest ahead of the major tournament this summer, and for punters who are looking to place their cash, there could be plenty of free bets and odds boosts to come ahead of the competition.
In the ante-post market for Euro 2020, there is currently a tussle for favouritism with Belgium, England and France all currently priced up at around the 5/1 mark, depending on which online sports bookmaker you use.
You can then get Germany, Spain and the Netherlands at around 7/1 with most bookies, while current holders Portugal look like a dark horse once again at a current price of 12/1, along with Italy.
Croatia, who made it to the World Cup final in 2018 are remarkably a best price of 35/1, while 1992 Euro winners Denmark can be backed at 80/1.