Fans of the England men’s football team have had it a rough time of it over the last 50 years or so. England teams have gone through different phases in that time: The plucky underdogs who endured heartbreak, usually through a penalty shootout; the golden generation, who flattered to deceive and resembled a collection of individuals rather than a team; the teams that weren’t just good enough; the teams that were simply poor and poorly managed.
Yet, for current England fans, there seems to be a new type of team to support; namely, a young collection of players that is growing into wonderful team organically under the hand of manager Gareth Southgate. Fans and the media have been got carried away before, of course, and it can almost be self-defeating to create targets in international football, but there is something particularly alluring about the prospect of the Euro 2020 Final next summer.
London hosts first major tournament final since Euro 96
That Final will take place in London at Wembley Stadium on 12th July, and it will be the fist time in 24 years that a major international football final will take place in England. In fact, it will be a wonderful day for sport in England, as the Wimbledon Championships will conclude on the same day. Other events within driving distance of London during July include golf’s the Open Championship at Sandwich, Kent and the British Grand Prix at Silverstone.