Euro 2020 final rematch to be played behind closed doors

England and Italy will once again face-off in the UEFA Nations League match on June 11. The Euro 2020 final rematch will happen at Wolverhampton Wanderers’ Molineux stadium behind-closed-doors as part of the sanction imposed by UEFA in October. England’s visit to Hungary, however, will be open to supporters at the same venue three days later. 

“Molineux will host the England men’s team for the first time in more than 65 years as Gareth Southgate’s side take on Italy and Hungary in UEFA Nations League fixtures this June,” a statement on Wolves’ website read. “England’s meeting with the Italians on Saturday 11th June will be played behind closed doors, following sanctions imposed by UEFA”

This match will be the only fourth time that the England team will play at Wolve’s home. The Molineux stadium last staged an England fixture in December 1956 when the Three Lions beat Denmark in a qualifier for the 1958 World Cup in Sweden. England’s women’s team will also use the same stadium for an international fixture against Germany in the Arnold Clark Cup on February 23.  

“While Wembley is our home, we very much enjoy taking the squad on the road where possible, particularly in the run-up to a major tournament,” England manager said in a statement speaking about the venue of the said matchups. “2022 promises to be an exciting adventure for England fans and it is great that one of English football’s famous stadiums will be a part of that.”

The Azzurri won the Euro last year at Wembley Stadium after the Three Lions missed three penalties to make it 3-2 as Giorgio Chiellini’s second-half equalizer led to the first shootout in a Euro final since 1976. Marcus Rashford, Jadon Sancho and Bukayo Saka did not score their spot-kicks that led to Italy’s win. Gareth Southgate’s team will start their Nations League campaign with a trip to Budapest on June 4.

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