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Wembley Stadium in London has received a major boost after winning the right to stage the final and semi-finals of EURO 2020.
The EURO 2020 tournament will be a special edition of the competition as it celebrates its 60th anniversary.
It will be staged in 13 cities around Europe in what has been termed the "EURO for Europe” by Governing Body UEFA.
As well as London, the cities involved will be Baku, Munich, Rome, Saint Petersburg, Copenhagen, Bucharest, Amsterdam, Dublin, Bilbao, Budapest, Brussels and Glasgow.
Baku, Munich, Rome and Saint Petersburg to hold the quarter-finals plus three group games while Copenhagen, Bucharest, Amsterdam, Dublin, Bilbao, Budapest, Brussels and Glasgow will all stage three group games and one round of 16.
The 13 cities hosting games were chosen from 19 bids with the big winners being London after the say off Munich and Germany to host the final and semi-final of the event.
"I am delighted Wembley Stadium and London have been awarded the right to stage the semi-finals and Final of EURO 2020,” said FA Chairman Greg Dyke.
"It will be a great honour to be part of what will surely be a superb celebration of 60 years of the UEFA European Championship.
"The bid was about working with UEFA to celebrate young people, develop our grassroots volunteers and demonstrate the determination for all England teams, men’s and women’s, to compete at the top level.
"Having seen the impact that a home Olympic Games had on young sportsmen and women in our country, I hope that UEFA EURO 2020 serves as a similar incentive for our most promising players to realise their full potential over the next six years.”
A total of 24 nations will take part in the EURO 2020 finals following a qualifying programme.
England previously hosted the 1996 edition of the tournament where they reached the semi-finals before losing on penalties to Germany at Wembley.
"London is absolutely honoured to have been selected to host the semi-finals and Final of EURO 2020,” said Mayor of London Boris Johnson.
"This prestigious victory further underlines London’s status as an international power house for big sporting events with the iconic venues, city infrastructure and a warm welcome that’s world-beating.”
Minister for Sport Helen Grant also expressed her delight at the news.
"I am thrilled that our bid has been successful and that Wembley will host the final games of Euro 2020,” said Grant.
"I am sure it will be a fantastic tournament and that we will put on a fitting climax to the competition.
"I pay tribute to all those who worked so hard for this - at The FA, GLA and Government, in what was a real team effort.
"Not only will it give us a great opportunity to promote the inclusivity of football but the thought of playing in the finals of such a major tournament on home soil is one that should excite every young England player.”