March 2 – As UEFA grapples with the challenge of whether to stick with all 12 cities for this summer’s delayed Euros, Britain has expressed its readiness to step in and host the whole show.
The offer has come from Prime Minister Boris Johnson who says the country, already due to stage a number of fixtures, could host any extra matches.
Britain may have the world’s worst Covid-related death rate per million of population but has already vaccinated 20 million people with at least one dose and plans to jab every adult by the summer.
Wembley is already staging the semi-finals and final of Euros 2020 as well as England’s group games while Glasgow is also an official venue.
Each host city has until April 5 to confirm the number of fans allowed in each stadium, before a final decision is made by the UEFA executive committee. Johnson says Britain has the capability to come to UEFA’s rescue if necessary.
“Any other matches they want hosted, we are certainly on for that!” he told The Sun newspaper.
“If there’s, you know, if they want any other matches that they want hosted, we’re certainly on for that but at the moment that’s where we are with UEFA.”
England manager Gareth Southgate believes the same thing.
“Of course at the moment we’re being told the tournament will stay in its current format,” he told TalkSPORT. “You would imagine if there’s an option for one country to host, we’ll be well placed with a couple of other countries to be able to do that.
“But as a team we’ve got to remember that just hosting is not a great guarantee of success. There’s only France, really, that have done that in European Championships, hosted and won.
“You don’t win just because you’re the host. We won’t win just because our group matches are at Wembley. We’ve got to play well and we’ve got to be as prepared as we possibly can be.”
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