ENGLAND will go on a tour of the North before a final Wembley send-off for Euro 2016. SunSport can exclusively reveal that the Three Lions will play three warm-up matches before jetting over the Channel to France for this summer’s showpiece – with two being held away from London.
Although dates and venues are yet to be finalised, Roy Hodgson’s men are set to play in the North East AND the North West before returning to the Wembley HQ for their last clash before the big kick-off. Football Federation Australia revealed earlier that they are likely to take on England at either Newcastle United’s St James’ Park or Sunderland’s Stadium of Light on May 27.
But we can reveal that the Football Association are close to finalising another northern clash, which will be held in either Manchester or Liverpool, against a European nation. Fans around the country will be pleased at the prospect of being able to watch the national side live without being forced to travel to London.
England played at grounds across the country between 2000-2007 while Wembley was being rebuilt, however, this will be there first ‘home’ match away from the capital since a friendly with Spain in February 2007 at Old Trafford. In addition to Australia, Portugal are rumoured to be one of the other nation’s being lined-up to face Hodgson’s men in May.
The Three Lions will play two friendlies at the end of next month. They travel to Berlin to take on Germany on March 26 before welcoming Holland to Wembley three days later.