Football Association chief executive Martin Glenn believes it would be a reasonable target for England to enter Euro 2020 as one of the favourites.
Glenn was speaking at City Hall in London where the city’s tournament logo was revealed, along with the news that Wembley would host the semi-finals and final. There are another 12 host cities for the Europe-wide competition.
With some home soil advantage in the latter stages of Euro 2020, Glenn is hopeful England can establish itself among the front-runners – in the same vein the Three Lions won their last major tournament at the 1966 World Cup.
“We’ll turn up to every tournament as contenders,” Glenn said. “That has to be our expectation. You can never say you’re going to win it, because everybody else wants to win it too.
“But that is our ambition, to turn up to every tournament as a reasonable favourite, and take it from there.”
New UEFA president Aleksander Ceferin dubbed Wembley football’s “mythical cradle” at the event, and also shared his excitement at staging Euro 2020 across the continent.
“UEFA wanted the 2020 tournament to be a true celebration of the game we all love and cherish,” Ceferin shared.
“What better way could there be than to take the tournament, for one time only, to all four corners of our beautiful continent?”
England’s last competitive finals – Euro 2016 in France – ended with the biennial soul-searching that often accompanies its tournament eliminations. This time, Roy Hodgson oversaw the nation’s hopes get dashed by minnow Iceland at the Round of 16 stage, paving the way for Sam Allardyce to step down from Sunderland and take the national team helm in July.
The new manager’s reign got off to a winning start in a tight 1-0 win Sept. 4 in Slovakia, and he will reunite with his ranks in October for 2018 World Cup qualification meetings with Malta and Slovenia.