England face Hungary in a Nations League home game on Tuesday night – but it won’t take place in their usual surroundings.
Usually, this game was played at Wembley Stadium in London. Wembley is considered the home of the England men’s team and is considered the national stadium.
However, this match will take place at Molineux, the usual home of the Wolverhampton Wanderers club. Molineux is a stadium in the West Midlands – a far cry from England’s usual home base in London. It follows the clash with Italy which takes place on the same ground.
Athleticism explains why this decision was made below.
Why isn’t England v Hungary at Wembley?
Well, it’s part of a growing tradition for England.
Before the 2016 European Championship, England played two away games. They faced Turkey at the Etihad Stadium in Manchester and Australia at the Stadium of Light in Sunderland.
In 2018, ahead of the World Cup, they faced Costa Rica at Elland Road in Leeds and Switzerland at the King Power Stadium in Leicester.
Their pre-Euro 2020 matches in 2021 – don’t ask for the name – took place at the Riverside Stadium in Middlesbrough.
It is understood the FA are now always trying to take England on the road in a tournament year.
So why England vs Hungary at Molineux?
These previous road games have taken place in the North East, North West, Yorkshire, South Coast and East Midlands of England.
It is therefore understood that the FA wanted to stage a game in the West Midlands.
Molineux was available to host Saturday’s game against Italy and this game against Hungary. Many stadiums are unavailable at this time of year as they are hosting events or having their grounds refurbished.
The FA are also confident of hosting games at Molineux, having played both men’s Under-21 and women’s matches there in recent seasons.
The stadium also meets UEFA criteria for matches.
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