England choose Sunderland over Newcastle
Last month brought reports that an important pre-Euros England friendly was to be played at either St James Park or the Stadium of Light.
The reports claimed that in the build up to this summer’s tournament, Roy Hodgson wanted to play Portugal at Wembley, as well as two matches at Premier League grounds.
With Manchester United and Manchester City claimed to be competing as a venue for one of the games, then the two north east clubs vying for the other.
Friday morning sees the three pre-Euros friendlies confirmed by England.
Newcastle missing out as the matches will be:
22 May England v Turkey (Etihad – Manchester City)
27 May England v Australia (Stadium of Light – Sunderland)
2 June England v Portugal (Wembley)
The January transfer window did of course bring some surprising but welcome renewed interest in the England set-up, with Jonjo Shelvey and Andros Townsend having the added carrot of potentially making the England Euros squad (see the betting on the players to make that squad HERE) – if they do the business for Newcastle.
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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