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England considering Newcastle return with possible match at St James Park

5 years ago

Discussions are under way for a potential England match to be played at St James Park ahead of the Euros in France this summer.

Sadly, the shocking decision was taken to stop taking the England team on the road around the country once the new Wembley was opened.

However, The Mail report that in the build up to this summer’s tournament, Roy Hodgson wants to play Portugal at Wembley, as well as two matches at Premier League grounds.

The organisers are in dialogue with both Manchester United and Manchester City as a venue for one of the games, according to the reports.

Whilst both Newcastle United and Sunderland are said to be the two possibles for the other pre-tournament friendly.

No mention of potential dates but Roy Hodgson is said to be most interested in which venues can guarantee the best surfaces to play on, to ensure his players have the best possible preparation.

England kick off their 2016 Euros finals against Russia on June 11, then Wales (June 16) and Slovakia (June 20).

Whilst Wembley was being rebuilt, St James Park hosted three England matches.

England defeated Albania 2-0 on 5 September 2001 in a World Cup qualifier.

Then followed that with a 3-0 friendly win over Ukraine on 18 August 2004.

Then finally, another World Cup qualifier saw England defeat Azerbaijan 2-0 on 30 March 2005.


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