Wembley awarded four more Euro 2020 games to take total to seven

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Wembley will host seven games at Euro 2020 after Brussels lost the right to host matches for the tournament.

UEFA made a decision to reallocate the three group-stage games and one round-of-16 game originally given to the Belgian capital because of delays in the project to build a new 60,000-capacity Eurostadium on the site of Heysel.

Wembley had originally been selected to host the semi-finals and final of the competition in 2014 and will now host an additional three group games and one last-16 fixture.

Both Wales' Principality Stadium and Sweden's Stockholm Friend's Arena had been hoping to replace Brussels, but UEFA opted against the venues for last season's Champions League and Europa League finals.

UEFA has previously indicated that qualified nations that are home to one of the 12 host cities would be assigned to that group - meaning Spain and Ireland would be automatically paired up.

The host pairings for the group stages were also announced on Wednesday.

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Stadio Olympico in Rome was picked as the opening match venue for the tournament.

The building of a new Brussels stadium for the tournament had run into delays involving the applications for construction and environmental permits.

Koen De Brabander, chief executive of the Belgian Football Association, said in a statement that they did everything they could to make UEFA hold off.

The 2020 tournament is the first European Championship to be played under a new format with group games spread across several countries and regions.

Glenn also thanked the Government and Mayor of London for their help in securing the games, which will be staged in a post-Brexit Britain.

The other host cities for Euro 2020 are: Baku, Copenhagen, Munich, Budapest, Rome, Amsterdam, Bucharest and Bilbao.

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