England boost over Euro 2020 final as UEFA deny Covid-19 will change plans

England has been handed a boost in its bid to stage next summer's Euros final after Uefa insisted there were no plans in place to move the tournament elsewhere.

It has been suggested that Uefa are exploring changing the Euros to a one-nation tournament due to the on-going impact of Covid-19.

European football's governing body has already moved the championships from last summer to 2021 because of the coronavirus.

Changing the whole format from playing games in 12 different nations across Europe to having them all in one place would be a huge blow to England and the FA.

Wembley is due to stage the group games for Gareth Southgate 's side as well as the semi-finals and finals – giving the Three Lions the ultimate incentive to reach the latter stages.

Russia, which hosted the World Cup in 2018, has been suggested as a potential sole host for the finals, possibly behind closed doors, as infection rates continue to rise again across the continent.

Uefa are continuing to monitor the situation, but remain determined to see the competition go ahead as first planned.

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A Uefa spokesman said: "Uefa intends to hold Euro 2020 in the format and the venues confirmed earlier this year and we are working closely with all host cities on those preparations.

"Given the uncertainties surrounding Covid – over which neither Uefa nor the local organising bodies have control – it is currently too early to say whether those games in June and July will have restrictions either on fans or even their staging."

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