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Emirates and Anfield omitted from the shortlist for Euro 2028 in favour of a League One stadium.

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Emirates and Anfield omitted from the shortlist for Euro 2028 in favour of a League One stadium.

If the United Kingdom and Ireland win the bid to host Euro 2028, the Anfield and Emirates stadiums of Liverpool and Arsenal will not be used as venues.

England, Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland, and the Republic of Ireland submitted an united application to host the 2017 European Championships earlier this year.

They are the favourites to win over their sole opponent Turkey, who has failed tried to host the last five tournaments and is also competing against Italy for Euro 2032.

While the host nation(s) will not be determined until September of next year, more comprehensive plans are being submitted to UEFA over the next few months, including which 51 stadiums will be used for the tournament.

The Times reports that Scotland, Wales, and Northern Ireland will each have one stadium, while Ireland will have two, most likely Dublin’s Aviva Stadium and Croke Park. 

The Times reports that Scotland, Wales, and Northern Ireland will each have one stadium, while Ireland will have two, most likely Dublin’s Aviva Stadium and Croke Park. 

As a result, England will have between five and seven stadiums hosting games, although a number of the country’s best and most renowned sites have already been eliminated.

This includes Arsenal’s Emirates Stadium and Liverpool’s Anfield, with the latter not making the cut due to its too-small pitch, a condition that also disqualified Chelsea’s Stamford Bridge.

Elland Road in Leeds is also eliminated because local authorities were unwilling to dedicate the time and resources necessary to host the games.

Stadium MK, the home of League One club MK Dons, has surprisingly been included on the shortlist of 10 venues after hosting multiple matches during the Women’s Euro 2022.

Wembley, the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, West Ham’s London Stadium, Villa Park, Manchester United’s Old Trafford, Manchester City’s Etihad, Everton’s planned Bramley Moore Dock ground, Sunderland’s Stadium of Light, and Newcastle’s St. James’ Park are the other venues on the shortlist.

During the Transatlantic Euro 2020, Wembley and Hampden Park in Glasgow featured multiple matches, including the semi-finals and final.

In the months leading up to the event, the Aviva was replaced with the Krestovsky Stadium in Saint Petersburg, Russia owing to the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Emirates and Anfield omitted from the shortlist for Euro 2028 in favour of a League One stadium.

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