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Euro 2020 could be held solely in UK as UEFA weigh up plans amid Covid-19 crisis

UEFA are locked in talks with the FA about staging next summer’s delayed European Championships solely in the UK, according to reports.

Euro 2020 was set to take place in 12 cities across Europe this year, only for the coronavirus pandemic to force UEFA chiefs into postponing the tournament until 2021.

It remains to be seen whether travel restrictions will prevent them from hosting the competition in different countries next summer, with the virus still spreading at a rapid rate seven months before the June 11 start date.

According to the Daily Mail, talks are already underway for the UK to potentially step in as sole host should UEFA’s multi-city plan fall through.

European football’s governing body have discussed switching the tournament to these shores with the FA, although they are determined to maintain the proposed format.

It is believed Scotland will still play all of their group matches at Hamden Park if the UK becomes sole host, excluding their clash with England at Wembley on June 18.

However, Wales’ situation is currently unclear given they are due to play two matches in Azerbaijan and one in Italy.

The Welsh FA could make a strong case to stage their games in Cardiff, with the 75,000-seater Principality Stadium a perfect venue.

In the proposed format, Wembley is scheduled to host the semi-finals and final.

Russia were also believed to be in talks over solely hosting the tournament next year, but that now appears unlikely with UEFA set to make their decision within two months.

A UEFA spokesperson is quoted as saying: “UEFA’s efforts are focused on planning for a tournament in all 12 original venues with fans.

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“Decisions that run counter to that plan could be made much nearer the time if necessary, but there are presently no plans to change any venue.”

Euro 2020 is due to begin on June 11 of next year, with the final taking place on July 11.

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