Euro 2020 news

FA wants opening Euro 2020 game

February 14, 2014
By Kevin Palmer

The Football Association has confirmed that it wants Wembley to be the venue for the opening game of Euro 2020.

Wembley Stadium
GettyImagesWembley hosted last season's Champions League final.

• Januzaj call left to FA

The tournament will be staged in various cities across Europe -- rather than being held in one or two host countries -- as part of UEFA’s 60th anniversary celebrations.

And the FA believes the iconic status of Wembley means the venue for last season’s Champions League final should play a prominent role in the competition in six years’ time.

“On the basis that someone needs to stand up, we have done it,” FA general secretary Alex Horne told the Times.

“It’s a big game, the opening game. It would be great for London, for Wembley. I pushed it to UEFA, quietly at the moment, but we are going to make a play for it with our bid.”

Istanbul has been widely viewed as the favourite to be awarded the final package, which includes the final and both semifinals, with a decision on venues expected to be announced in September.

Meanwhile, Horne said he is “convinced” that England manager Roy Hodgson is the man to lead the Three Lions into Euro 2016.

“For me personally, Roy is our manager to France [Euro 2016] and I’m happy with that, very happy with that. I think he’s been brilliant. He’s exactly what we hoped for,” Horne said. “We go [to the 2014 World Cup] optimistic that we are going to enjoy it and play well.”

Horne also expressed hope that Wembley may one day play host to the NFL Super Bowl, with the idea of an American football team relocating to play games at the North London venue on a regular basis under discussion.

“You may see a franchise discussion come up,” Horne said. “There is a big question about whether we can house a franchise alongside England in the autumn. That will be really interesting. It would need an owner to do it. Then we can get the Super Bowl. You don’t rule anything out.”

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