Brussels out - UEFA switch EURO 2020 games to London

Wembley

The announcement means London will now host seven games in total, with Wembley already confirmed for the semi-finals and final.

Should the Republic of Ireland qualify for Euro 2020, they will play one of their group games in Bilbao.

Wembley was preferred to Cardiff and Stockholm, which were both among the original 19 candidate cities for the tournament and had also been named by UEFA as possible replacements for Brussels.

"They still don't have the documents..."

Ceferin said the decision followed the Eurostadium project's failure to meet the conditions imposed by the UEFA executive committee in September 2017.

Koen De Brabander, chief executive of the Belgian Football Association, said in a statement: "We did everything we could until the last moment to make UEFA hold off, but we respect the decision. If the answer had been no, it would have been a problem for us to find a new stadium". "We absolutely need a new 45,000-seat stadium and we hope that the competent ministers will grant the permit in January so that a stadium for the 21st century can finally be built in our country".

We know what you're thinking, 'we've only qualified for the Euros three times ('88, '12, '16)' but the new 24 team format means it's now easier for Ireland to get through the group stages as we found out in Euro 2016.

The decision is a blow to the Wales FA and Swedish FA, which had lobbied UEFA to take Belgium's place as a group-stage host nation.

"I look forward to welcoming our friends from Bilbao to Dublin where we can build a strong partnership working together to ensure the very best organisational and sporting structures are in place for the summer of 2020".

The boost to England's credentials as a host of major tournament football comes after it emerged this week that chairman Greg Clarke has begun laying the groundwork for a potential bid for the 2030 World Cup.

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