Teeing up on Teesside! England chooses Middlesbrough to host their pre-Euro 2020 training camp with matches against Austria and Romania at the Riverside Stadium – with the FA from Wembley ahead of the tournament
- The FA has selected Middlesbrough as England’s pre-Euros training base
- Gareth Southgate’s team will face Austria and Romania before the tournament
- England will use the Riverside Stadium while they reside in the North East
- Wembley is not used because it is transferred to UEFA before the euro
The Football Association has selected Middlesbrough as England’s pre-tournament base ahead of this summer’s European championships.
The Riverside Stadium will host Gareth Southgate’s two warm-up matches against Austria and Romania and will be based in Middlesbrough.
England will play against Austria on June 2 and Romania on June 6. Following England’s stint in the North East, the men from Southgate travel to St George’s Park, which will become their intended base for the tournament.
England will use the Riverside Stadium this summer for both of their warm-up matches prior to the European Championship
Gareth Southgate’s Three Lions will take on Austria and Romania for this summer’s tournament
The England senior men’s soccer team last played in Boro in June 2003, prior to Euro 2004
The senior men’s team’s only previous game at the Riverside was a 2-1 Euro 2004 qualifying win over Slovakia in June 2003, although they played three times on Middlesbrough’s old Ayresome Park grounds between 1905 and 1937.
Middlesbrough also recently welcomed the senior women’s team in their 2-1 defeat to Brazil in October 2019, while the Under-21s have played there eight times since the stadium’s opening in 1995.
The warm-up matches will not be played at Wembley because the FA is obliged to hand over the national stadium to UEFA before the start of the European Championship.
There remains hope that fans can be on site for the warm-up games at the Riverside, and any ticket details will be communicated by the FA in the coming weeks.
The Riverside Stadium hosted the women’s team in 2019 when they played against Brazil in a friendly match
The FA cannot use Wembley Stadium as it will be handed over to UEFA before the European Championship