Sunderland could host England Euro 2016 warm-up game

England play Turkey at the Stadium of Light in 2003
England play Turkey at the Stadium of Light in 2003
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SUNDERLAND could host an England game at the Stadium of Light next year.

Football Association CEO Martin Glenn says some games in the build-up to the Euro 16 championships will be played away from Wembley.

If you go elsewhere, say Old Trafford or the Stadium of Light, you will get a lot more buzz.

He said that Wembley ofren lacked a ‘home’ atmosphere and was looking forward to seeing extra passion at other grounds.

“What you’ll get is something a bit different,” he said.

“It’s not fortress Wembley whereas if you go elsewhere, say Old Trafford or the Stadium of Light, you will get a lot more buzz.

“For 20,000 fewer people, you will get a lot more atmosphere.

“The England brand is more than London. We’ve effectively refinanced the stadium which gives us a lot more financial stability, so from next year we will be holding some England games out of Wembley.

“Our aspiration is before the Euros and (England manager) Roy Hodgson would love to do it because it would get a real buzz behind the country and behind the team.”

The Stadium of Light hosted England in a Euro 2004 qualifier against Turkey in April 2003 when goals from Darius Vassell and David Beckham (a penalty) brought a 2-0 victory in front of a crowd of 47,667. And Sunderland would be keen to welcome England back to Wearside next year.

This was England’s team back in 2003: James, Neville, Ferdinand, Campbell, Bridge, Beckham, Scholes, Butt, Gerrard, Rooney, Owen. Subs: Mills, Robinson, Woodgate, Lampard, Dyer, Heskey, Vassell.