England will host Romania at Villa Park in final UEFA EURO 2020 preparation game

Friday 14 Feb 2020
Villa Park will play host to England's final game before UEFA EURO 2020 kicks-off

Villa Park will be the stage for our final international ahead of UEFA EURO 2020.

The Three Lions will welcome Romania on Sunday 7 June (6.15pm), a week before this summer’s tournament gets underway against Croatia at Wembley Stadium.

Birmingham becomes the latest on-the-road destination for our England senior men’s squad, after visits to Manchester, Sunderland, Leeds, Leicester and Southampton in recent years.

England boss Gareth Southgate was with Villa between 1995 and 2001 as a player

And for England manager Gareth Southgate, it’s a return to a venue where he spent six years as a player with Aston Villa.

It was where he first broke into the Three Lions squad, captained the team and made almost 200 appearances as well as lifting the League Cup title in 1996.

The famous stadium has hosted our senior team on nine previous occasions, with the last of those being a 0-0 draw with the Netherlands in February 2005, as well as the MU21s also playing Wales there in 2008 in an U21 EURO play-off which ended 2-2.

Former Villa striker Gabby Agbonlahor in action for the MU21s at Villa Park against Wales in 2008

June’s fixture will be the 12th meeting with Romania, who are hoping to secure their place as fellow hosts at UEFA EURO 2020 via the play-offs in March.

The Three Lions will assemble in Southampton next month to prepare for two Wembley fixtures against Italy on Friday 27 March (8pm) - the Heads Up International in support of our charitable partnership with HRH The Duke of Cambridge’s Heads Together initiative - and Denmark on Tuesday 31 March (8pm).

Preparations will continue at the end of the 2019-20 season with an away fixture against Austria at the Ernst Happel Stadion in Vienna on Tuesday 2 June (7.45pm) before Romania come to Villa Park.

Nick Barmby opened the scoring for England against Spain at Villa Park back in February 2001

Following last November’s draw in Bucharest, England know they will face Croatia and Czech Republic in Group D at UEFA EURO 2020 as well as the winner of the play-off path featuring Scotland, Israel, Norway and Serbia.

All three fixtures will be played at Wembley with dates set for Sunday 14 June (2pm, v Croatia), Friday 19 June (8pm, v TBC) and Tuesday 23 June (8pm, v Czech Republic).

Ticket details v Romania

Thursday 19 March: On sale to 2018-2020 England Supporters Travel Club (ESTC) members at midday. Tickets in the ‘Home End’ are at the exclusive price of £20 for ESTC members only during the priority sale. For all other areas of the stadium, members can receive £5 off their match ticket. This offer is valid until 11pm on Monday 23 March.

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Tuesday 24 March: Members of the free England Supporters Club will be able to purchase advance tickets from midday until 11pm on Thursday 26 March, 

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Friday 27 March: General public sale begins at midday.

Tickets are also now on general sale for the Italy and Denmark games.

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By Nicholas Veevers