England and Scotland could go head to head to host Euro 2020 games
Published : 07 Dec 2012 09:46:58
England and Scotland could go head to head in a battle to host the Euro 2020 final after UEFA announced they will stage the tournament in up to 13 cities across the continent.
The FA will bid for the final and semi-finals in London, with the final at Wembley, in an eye-catching tournament finale, while their Scottish counterparts have also expressed an interest in hosting the showpiece. Wales confirmed they will bid for matches as well - and the Republic of Ireland are expected to follow suit.
FA chairman David Bernstein said recently that it would push to have Wembley Stadium considered for the semi-finals and final, and he said: "Clearly Wembley is incredibly highly thought of by UEFA and it is something we will push for."
He added: "UEFA want to hold the semi-finals and the final on the same ground, or in the same city and I think we would be on their shortlist - but there would be some strong competition. The public want it and we'd want it and it would be wonderful to have it here."
If Wembley were to host the final it could be that the semi-finals might take place at other stadia in London, such as the Olympic Stadium and the Emirates.
Wembley could face competition from the Scotland for the final - but it is more likely Glasgow would bid for group games.
Scottish FA chief executive Stewart Regan told the Press Association: "We would be interested in the final but we first have to find out UEFA's minimum criteria for capacity - if they are looking for stadiums with greater capacity then of course we would be interested in hosting group matches."
Celtic Park has the largest capacity in Scotland at just over 60,000 with Ibrox and Hampden Park also holding more than 50,000.
Regan added: "This is a one-off idea as a 60th celebration of the tournament and will bring football to a number of key cities across Europe. As something different and innovative it does carry a lot of merit."
UEFA's executive committee took the decision at a meeting in Lausanne on Thursday, but there was one dissenting voice from Turkey's member Senes Erzik - his country had bid to host the tournament alone.