Teeing-up on Teesside! England pick Middlesbrough to host their pre-Euro 2020 training camp with matches against Austria and Romania at the Riverside Stadium – with the FA turfed out of Wembley ahead of tournament
- The FA has selected Middlesbrough as England’s pre-Euros training base
- Gareth Southgate’s side will face Austria and Romania before the tournament
- England will use the Riverside Stadium while they stay in the North East
- Wembley is not being used as it will be handed over to UEFA before the Euros
The Football Association has selected Middlesbrough as England’s pre-tournament base ahead of this summer’s European Championships.
The Riverside Stadium will host Gareth Southgate side’s two warm-up fixtures against Austria and Romania and they will be based in Middlesbrough.
England will face Austria on June 2 before taking on Romania on June 6. After England’s stint in the north-east, Southgate’s men will travel to St George’s Park, which will become their designed base for the tournament.
England will use the Riverside Stadium for both of their pre-Euros warm up games this summer
Gareth Southgate’s Three Lions take on Austria and Romania before this summer’s tournament
England’s senior men’s football team last played at Boro in June 2003, ahead of Euro 2004
The senior men’s team’s only previous game at the Riverside was a 2-1 Euro 2004 qualifying win over Slovakia in June 2003, although they played at Middlesbrough’s old Ayresome Park ground on three occasions between 1905 and 1937.
Middlesbrough have also recently welcomed the senior women’s team in their 2-1 defeat by Brazil in October 2019 while the Under-21s have played there on eight occasions since the stadium opened in 1995.
The warm-up matches are not being played at Wembley because the FA are obliged to hand the the national stadium over to UEFA ahead of the start of the Euros.
There remains hope that fans could be in situ for the warm-up games at the Riverside, with any ticketing details to be communicated by the FA in the coming weeks.
The Riverside Stadium hosted the women’s team in 2019 when they took on Brazil in a friendly
The FA cannot use Wembley Stadium as it will have been handed over to UEFA before the Euros