Middlesbrough's Riverside Stadium to host England's European Championships warm-up games

England's final warm-up matches before this summer's delayed European Championships will be played at Middlesbrough's Riverside Stadium.

HOSTS: Middlesbrough will welcome Gareth Southgate's England for two friendlies

With Wembley out of action due to various end-of-season matches, Gareth Southgate's side will face Austria on June 2 (8pm) and Romania on the following Sunday, the 6th, at 5pm.

Southgate is a former Middlesbrough player and manager but his former home ground was selected because of its ability to support a Covid-secure environment.

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England have played men's, women's and under-21 internationals at the ground before. The last international on Teesside saw the women beaten by Brazil in October 2019, whilst the senior men's only previous visit to the ground was for a Euro 2004 qualifier against Slovakia in June 2003, when Wembley was being rebuilt.

The hope is that it will be the first time the Three Lions have played in front of fans since the Covid-19 outbreak.

From there, England will head to St George's Park to being their preparations for the European Championships. England's first group game is against Croatia on June 13, due to be at Wembley.

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