England could solely host the rearranged 2020 European Championships this summer if Uefa abandon plans for a pan-continental tournament, it has been suggested.
The tournament was originally set to take place right across Europe last summer but was pushed back to this year due to the coronavirus pandemic and subsequent shutdowns and travel restrictions.
A number of games were already scheduled to take place at Wembley, including the semi-finals and final, but Armand Duka, president of the Albanian FA and a member of the executive committee, has stated that England remains a “possibility” to host the entire tournament, should a pan-continental option be off the table.
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“The hope is that Euro 2020 can be played with 50 per cent of fans in the stands,” he said. “It’s possible that Euro 2020 will be played solely in England.
“There are still four or five months left, let’s see if the situation will change. If not, England remains a possibility.”
However, Duka did add that the decision won’t come down to Uefa, but that it will lie with the “individual authorities” in each country. Just last week, UK health secretary Matt Hancock was dismissive of claims the tournament could be hosted in England, despite Boris Johnson revealing a plan which could lift all coronavirus restrictions by June 21st.
“I haven’t seen anything on that, I understand that that’s not right,” he told Sky News when asked about the Sunday Times report.
BeIN Sports’ Tancredi Palmeri Tweeted on Thursday that England is “very likely” to be the sole host of the European Championships and that a decision is expected to be announced in mid-April.
“Euro2021 very likely to be played solely in England as UEFA are opting for the one hosting country format and England is the one they believe [is] in [the] best position to do so,” he said. “Decision expected to be taken within mid-April.”