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Euro 2020: England to play Austria and Romania warm-up matches at Riverside Stadium in Middlesbrough |  Football News


The Riverside Stadium in Middlesbrough will host England’s Euro 2020 warm-up matches against Austria and Romania in June.

The pitch – along with Middlesbrough’s training headquarters at Rockliffe Park – has been selected to host both matches to help support a Covid-secured environment for Gareth Southgate’s squad.

England will remain in the northeast as their usual home at Wembley is set to host seven Euro 2020 matches, including the semi-finals and the final on July 11.

England will face Austria on June 2 and Romania on June 6 before the team make it to their tournament base in St George’s Park.

The FA said it would “continue to liaise with the relevant authorities and explore the possibility of supporters being present” at both matches.

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FA to discuss with relevant authorities the possibility of fans attending the warm-up matches in Middlesbrough

Fans have been barred from visiting sports venues across England since the tier system was removed in December.

Test events are set to take place this month, including in the FA Cup semi-final between Leicester and Southampton, and the UK government is hoping that crowds can catch the Euro 2020 matches.

Euro 2020: England to play Austria and Romania warm-up matches at Riverside Stadium in Middlesbrough |  Football News
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Middlesbrough’s Riverside Stadium has only once hosted the England men’s team, during Euro 2004 qualifying

The third stage roadmap to emerge from lockdown in England by May 17 at the earliest would allow stadiums to open with a 25% capacity limit, up to a maximum of 10,000 spectators. The current plan then calls for the lifting of all restrictions on social contacts on June 21.

Riverside Stadium has previously hosted the senior men’s team – a Euro 2004 qualifier against Slovakia in 2003 – but recently hosted the senior women’s team for a friendly against Brazil in October 2019.





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