England will play Nations League fixtures with Italy and Hungary at Molineux this June in first trip to Wolves’ home since 1958… but the Euro 2020 final rematch will be behind closed doors due to Wembley chaos
- England’s two Nations League games in June will be played at Molineux
- The Three Lions host Italy on June 11 before facing Hungary three days later
- The Euro 2020 final rematch will be behind closed doors due to a UEFA sanction
- England tend to play away from Wembley during a major tournament year
England’s two summer Nations League fixtures against Italy and Hungary in June will take place at Wolves’ Molineux ground.
The move sees the Three Lions’ tradition of playing around the country in a World Cup year continue, having played in Sunderland, Leicester, Manchester, Leeds and Middlesbrough before the last three major tournaments.
The first of those clashes, a reunion with Roberto Mancini’s Italy on June 11, will take place behind closed doors after UEFA imposed a one-game restriction on England last year due the scenes that preceded last July’s Euro 2020 final against the Azzurri in June.
England’s two Nations League fixtures this June will take place at Wolves’ Molineux ground
England have a Euro 2020 final rematch with Italy on June 11 and play Hungary three days later
But fans will be able to attend England’s clash with Hungary at Molineux on June 14 in what will be the Midlands ground’s first Three Lions fixture there in 66 years.
Gareth Southgate told the FA official website: ‘While Wembley is our home, we very much enjoy taking the squad on the road where possible, particularly in the run up to a major tournament.
‘2022 promises to be an exciting adventure for England fans and it is great that one of English football’s famous stadiums will be a part of that.
‘I know from my time in charge of the U21s how much a Molineux crowd embraces the experience of international football, so we look forward to returning to Wolverhampton in June.’
The clash with the Italians will be played behind closed doors due to a UEFA sanction
But fans will be able to watch England host Hungary at Molineux on June 14 this year
Wolves’ home last hosted an England fixture in December 1956 when the Three Lions beat Denmark in a qualifier for the 1958 World Cup in Sweden.
England’s women’s team is also preparing for an international fixture at Molineux next week, with the Lionesses taking on Germany in the Arnold Clark Cup on February 23.
The Three Lions’ Under-21s team have played at Molineux over the last couple of years, so many of Gareth Southgate’s squad will be familiar with playing international fixtures at the 31,700-seater ground.
Southgate’s England next games see them face Switzerland and the Ivory Coast at Wembley, as the Three Lions go back to playing friendlies ahead of this year’s World Cup in Qatar.