England confirm Euro 2020 warm-ups against Austria and Romania with Gareth Southgate’s side now hosting the friendlies that were postponed last year due to the Covid-19 outbreak
- England were meant to play Austria and Poland before Euro 2020 last year
- This time around, England will host the two sides before the tournament
- It is unknown yet if supporters will be able to attend either of the matches
Gareth Southgate’s England side will warm up for the rescheduled Euro 2020 with friendlies against Austria and Romania.
The Three Lions had an agreement to play both sides last summer before the outbreak of Covid-19 curtailed the tournament.
This time, however, the matches will be hosted in England with venues set to be announced.
Harry Kane and Gareth Southgate will prepare for Euro 2020 against Austria and Romania
England will play Austria on Wednesday, June 2 with Romania set for Sunday, June 6.
This summer’s tournament is still facing elements of uncertainty due to the pandemic, with initial plans to stage the competition across 12 European cities under scrutiny as respective nations battle to keep coronavirus under control.
It is also unknown if fans will be able to attend, although it seems extremely unlikely that stadiums will be filled to capacity even with vaccines being steadily administered across the continent.
Indeed, the Football Association said it is not currently known if any fans will be able to buy tickets for the two friendly matches announced on Wednesday.
‘With the FA continuing 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,’ the FA said in a statement.
It is not yet known if fans will be able to watch Gareth Southgate’s men in action in June
Gareth Southgate’s side are drawn against Croatia, Scotland and Czech Republic in Euro 2020 Group D.
All three fixtures will be played at Wembley with dates set for Sunday 13 June (2pm, v Croatia), Friday 18 June (8pm, v Scotland) and Tuesday 22 June (8pm, v Czech Republic).
The next international break falls next month, with England scheduled to play San Marino, Albania and Poland from March 25-31 in World Cup qualifying.