England to host Austria and Romania, Wales at home against Albania in June friendlies

Before the much anticipated Euro league final, England is setto host Austria and Romania, while Wales at home against Albania in June friendlies ahead of Euro 2020. Gareth Southgate’s side will face Austria first on June 2, before playing Romania on June 6. Both matches will be played in England, while Wales will play Albania in a Euro 2020 warm-up friendly in Cardiff on June 5.

Venues are yet to be confirmed for the fixtures in England, which were scheduled to be played last summer .The Football Association (FA) says it is in talks with the UK Government over the safe return of fans to stadiums and that any ticketing arrangements for the friendlies will be made in due course. It is learnt that UEFA euro ticket holders have been given a chance to refund their tickets before the event.

“As we continue to work with the Government to get fans back into stadiums as soon as is safe to do so, any ticketing arrangements will be communicated to supporters when relevant,” FA said in a statement. Austria last travelled to England in October 2005, with a Frank Lampard penalty proving to be the difference, while Romania’s last visit to England was a 1-1 Wembley draw in October 1994.

Franco Foda’s Austria are currently ranked 23rd in the world, and enjoyed a relatively successful 2020, losing just the once currently ranked 37th in the world Romania. These friendlies are part of preparations in Euro 2020, both for England and Austria, who is also qualified in the tournament. Along with England, Euro 2020 Group D consists of Croatia, Scotland, CzechRepublic

Their games are set to be played in London and Glasgow. Gareth Southgate side’s next fixtures will be qualifiers for the 2022 World Cup, with home games against San Marino on March 25 and Poland on March 31 either side of a trip to Albania on March 28. Due to the current threats of coronavirus pandemic, it is unknown whether fans will be able to attend these fixtures.

Meanwhile, Wales will start their 2022 World Cup qualifying campaign away to Belgium on March 24 and at home to the Czech Republic on March 30 either side of a Cardiff friendly with Mexico on March 27. A Football Association of Wales statement said: “All fixtures are scheduled to be played behind-closed-doors for the foreseeable future.

Wales last played Albania in November 2018 when Chris Gunter won a record 93rd cap to become his country’s most capped player. Albania won the Elbasan friendly 1-0. The Dragon aredrawn in Group A of Euro 2020, which consists of TurkeyItalyand Switzerland with their games set to be played Rome and Baku. The tournament’s opening game will see Joachim Low’s side host Turkey in Rome on 12 June.

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