England and Wales friendly game set in October ahead of Euro 2020

The Three Lions are set to have their first match at home as they neighbours Wales in an international friendly at Wembley in October. The game will form part of October’s triple header international break and will be played behind closed doors following the current government guidelines on the coronavirus crisis. England’s last home game was the heavy 7-0 win against Montenegro in November 2019.

England were set to play friendlies against Italy, Denmark, Austria and Romania during the first part of this year, but all matches were cancelled due to the threat of the coronavirus pandemic. Meanwhile, Wales have not played since beating Hungary 2-0 at Cardiff City Stadium in November, a result that sealed their place at the postponed Euro 2020.

According to reports, both the October and November international breaks later this year will feature three games instead of the usual two in order to make up for cancellations and postponements of summer matches. England will actually be back in action a month earlier than the Wales friendly when the 2020/21 UEFA Nations League campaign kicks off in September.

The Three Lions will return to action to start the 2020-21 UEFA Nations League campaign. The FA has confirmed that England’s home fixtures in Group A2 will also be staged at Wembley and all are scheduled to be played behind closed doors. They are slated to travel to Iceland to face their first opponent in Group A2 on September 5. The other two teams in the group are Denmark and Belgium.

Ryan Giggs‘ men, on the other hand, will face each of Republic of Ireland, Finland and Bulgaria home and away in League B while there are two slots for friendlies to take place between September and November. This will be the 103rd meeting between England and Wales. Wales last faced the Three Lions at Wembley in 2011 when the hosts to win 1-0 in a Euro 2012 qualifier.

The last meeting between the two rival countries was in a group match at Euro 2016, when England secured a 2-1 victory courtesy of Daniel Sturridge goal after Jamie Vardy had earlier equalised following a Gareth Bale free-kick. Both England and Wales have qualified for the final stage of Euro 2020, which has been postponed by one year until the summer of 2021.

In a statement last month, the Union of European Football Associations (UEFA) has confirmed retaining all 12 host cities to stage Euro 2020 now due in 2021. The decision includes the dates for the play-offs and the schedule of the new fixture for next year’s event. Aside the confirmation, UEFA also announced that the play-offs for Euro 2020 will be played in October and November 2020.

The 32-team European Championship, in celebration of the governing body’s 60th anniversary, was due to be taking place between June 12 and July 12 in countries all across the continent. Matches were due to be played in London, Baku, Munich, Rome, Saint Petersburg, Amsterdam, Bilbao, Bucharest, Budapest, Copenhagen, Dublin and Glasgow.