England take on neighbors Wales in an international friendly at Wembley on Thursday 8 October in what will be the Three Lions’ first home game of 2020.
The game will form part of October’s triple-header international break and will be played behind closed doors in keeping with current government guidelines on the coronavirus crisis.
Our first home game of 2020!
See you in October, @Cymru?
— England (@England) July 16, 2020
The October and November international breaks later this year will feature three games instead of the usual two to make up for the cancellation and postponement of summer fixtures.
By the time England face Wales in three months’ time, Gareth Southgate’s side will not have played a game at Wembley for nearly a year as a direct result of the pandemic. March friendlies against Italy and Denmark were both cancelled, while Euro 2020 has been pushed back to next year.
England’s last home game was a 7-0 thrashing of Montenegro in November 2019.
England will actually return to action a month before the Wales friendly when the 2020/21 UEFA Nations League campaign kicks off in September.
England last played at Wembley in November 2019 / Robbie J Barratt – AMA/Getty Images
Harry Kane, Raheem Sterling, Jordan Henderson and co. League A kicks off with a game in Iceland on September 5 to kick off Group 2. This is followed by a visit to Denmark three days later on September 8, with England’s first match in October being a friendly against Wales.
Later in the October international break, England will host Belgium and Denmark at Wembley.
The Three Lions travel to Belgium on November 15, while Iceland travel to Wembley on November 18. Another unconfirmed friendly arrangement is expected in November.
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