This is why Elland Road hasn't been chosen to host Euro 2020 matches under Boris Johnson proposal

Elland Road does not feature on the shortlist of stadia that could potentially host Euro 2020 matches this summer.

Wednesday, 3rd March 2021, 11:03 am
This is why Elland Road hasn't been chosen to host Euro 2020 matches under Boris Johnson proposal

Boris Johnson has offered to stage the whole of the delayed tournament which was due to take place last summer across Europe.

And reports suggest that the Prime Minister’s plans have been well received by European football bosses.

Wembley is already due to stage seven games at the tournament, which will now take place this summer.

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The seven fixtures include all three of England’s opening group matches, both semi-finals and the July 11 final.

As well as Wembley, Euro 2020 fixtures are due to be played at Hampden Park in Glasgow, Dublin, Amsterdam, Bilbao, Bucharest, Budapest, Copenhagen, Munich, Rome, St Petersburg, and Baku.

However, UEFA wants each host country to commit to allowing fans into stadia for the games.

As it stands, only nine cities have been able to commit to Covid restrictions being eased.

But England – pending UEFA approval – could come to the rescue and host the tournament in full if the vaccine rollout is successful.

A decision on the Prime Minister's proposals for the tournament to be hosted in England is expected in April.

The Times has today reported that the FA and UEFA believe that plans are logistically too difficult to push through.

And national reports in The Sun suggest that Newcastle United's St James’s Park and Sunderland’s Stadium of Light would be among the stadiums chosen to host matches.

Old Trafford and the Etihad Stadium are also on the list alongside Anfield, Villa Park, Wembley, the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, the Emirates and the London Stadium.

Missing from the list, though, is Sheffield Wednesday's Hillsborough Stadium, alongside Leeds United's Elland Road which doesn't feature as the Whites are due to relay their pitch this summer.

Both grounds were used when England hosted Euro 96, but not for Three Lions games.

Indeed, Elland Road has hosted England international fixtures in recent years.

There was a 3-3 with Sweden in 1995, which was the first England home international played away from Wembley in 22 years, and matches against Italy and Costa Rica in 2002 and 2018 respectively.