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Wembley 2020 bid could be unopposed

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England's bid to host the Euro 2020 semi-finals and final could be unchallenged at next month's vote, with Germany FA chiefs considering dropping Munich's rival bid.

Germany wants to stage Euro 2024, and the country's football association - the DFB - may now only bid for Munich to host group games at Euro 2020 in order not to harm its campaign for the entire event four years later.

UEFA is holding Euro 2020 in 13 different countries to mark the 60th anniversary of the tournament, and only Wembley and Munich's Allianz Arena have put in bids to host the semi-finals and final, with a vote taking place on September 19.

DFB president Wolfgang Niersbach said a decision on whether to press ahead with a bid for the final remained "open" but stressed that the DFB and the English FA would work together to support each other.

Niersbach told Press Association Sport: "We still have the two options - to host the final rounds or four matches in the first rounds.

"Our decision is open. We have an excellent and wonderful relationship with the English FA. We are sitting together very often and thinking about the possibilities of how we can support the other association.

"It is still open, but I am totally convinced that we will have both Wembley and Munich on the land map for Euro 2020. We are very relaxed about it.''

It is understood talks between the FA and DFB took place in June, at which the possibility of withdrawing Munich's bid for the final was raised by the Germans.

Niersbach also confirmed that Germany would bid for Euro 2024, which would be the first major men's football tournament the country has hosted since the hugely successful 2006 World Cup.

"I officially announced already at our general assembly in October 2013 that we want to host Euro 2024," he added.

Germany would be up against Turkey in the bidding for Euro 2024 after the Turkish federation withdrew Istanbul as a potential candidate for the Euro 2020 final to target hosting Euro 2024 alone.

Germany could count on the support of England's UEFA executive committee member David Gill in that Euro 2024 vote.

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