England’s Euro 2020 group games in contention to be part of latest Government scheme trialling return of fans

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England’s Euro 2020 group games at Wembley are in contention to be part of the next round of pilot test events for the safe return of fans to venues.

The Government has been testing the return of spectators to events as part of the roadmap out of lockdown and culture secretary Oliver Dowden told the Evening Standard on Tuesday how big a success the scheme has been so far.

The plan is now for further trials to take place and it is understood England’s Euro 2020 group games at Wembley could be part of them.

Standard Sport revealed on Tuesday that England’s Test match against New Zealand at Edgbaston next month is set to be included, the Birmingham venue hosting 17,000 fans, around 70 per cent of capacity.

England are due to face Croatia on June 13 and then Scotland on June 18, with both games coming before the date of June 21 - which is when the Government hopes to remove all legal limits on social contact.

The FA is planning for England to play their group games at Wembley in front of a crowd at 25 per cent capacity (22,500).

Being part of the Government’s test scheme for the return of fans could see that number rise, though it is not thought that the capacity will increase significantly.

The FA are hoping, however, that the number of fans allowed at games could rise in the knockout stages.

Speaking about the previous test events of crowds, Dowden told the Evening Standard: “Overall it has been a real success.”

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