FA chiefs are confident of getting fans into Wembley for England’s Euros showdown with Scotland.
They are already exploring plans of remote coronavirus testing away from the stadium to ensure even a limited number of supporters can attend the Battle of Britain clash on June 18, 2021.
Gareth Southgate is hoping they can find a solution while the Football Association believe UEFA will have to confirm next year’s venues within the next two months but believe Wembley will be able to stage its fixtures next summer.
England boss Southgate said: “It’s a very special game. We just have to keep our fingers crossed that crowds are allowed back into the stadium. It would be just a completely different occasion if that’s the case.”
UEFA are exploring whether the current format of playing across the whole of Europe in 12 different countries can remain in place but that will be boosted because of the vaccine.
FA chiefs are being imaginative and they are working with the Government’s Sports Technology and Innovation Group which is looking at carrying out tests nearby the stadium.
That would allow fans to walk up to Wembley and, by the time they reach the turnstiles, they would have the results of the tests and be cleared to go in.
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Those plans are still in the early stages but there is genuine optimism at the FA that the biggest game in British football since Euro 96 can be played in front of fans.
England are due to play their three Group matches with Scotland, Czech Republic and Croatia at Wembley, which is also staging the final.
UEFA have been looking at whether they need to move the tournament to one country but the FA will try hard to ensure that Wembley is capable of hosting England’s games.
Meanwhile, the FA are ready to go through an exhaustive process before appointing their next chairman following Greg Clarke’s departure this week.
However, it is highly unlikely it would be a former player in the role as the FA see the chair more as an ambassadorial position and believe there is a greater need for more diversity and ex-players on the FA board to make the crucial decisions. Baroness Sue Campbell is the early favourite.
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Source: All Football