FA confident England v Scotland will happen at Wembley – with fans in attendance

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The Football Association are confident England will still stage games at next summer's Euros – and that fans will be allowed to watch them.

Wembley is scheduled to host all of England's group matches, including a titanic showdown with Scotland, as well as the semi finals and final of the postponed tournament.

Uefa put the competition back 12 months due to the impact of Covid-19 and are still discussing what the format of it will be.

The original tournament was scheduled to take place in 12 different countries across Europe, but due to the on-going pandemic it could now be staged in just one or two places instead.

FA bosses would be prepared to host the entire competition in England if asked and a final decision by Uefa will be made within the next two months.

But the FA remain convinced matches will be played at Wembley and are pushing for a percentage of supporters to be allowed back in.

Plans to have supporters tested before games at sites close to Wembley and provide them with rapid results have been discussed with the Government's 'Sports Technology and Innovation Group' in a bid to boost the chances of having supporters back through the turnstiles.

The FA, meanwhile, will appoint independent headhunters to help them find a new chairman to replace Greg Clarke, who quit in shame this week after making racist, sexist and homophobic comments to MPs.

Chief executive Mark Bullingham will oversee the process and is keen to give the job to an ambassadorial figure who can spearhead a bid to stage a full major tournament in England.

Bullingham is keen to draw up the most diverse shortlist of candidates as possible – and believes the appointment will prove to be one of the most defining ones in the FA's history.

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