David Davies has backed UEFA’s decision to hold Euro 2020 as a pan-European tournament. The former Executive Director of The Football Association feels it is the future as the number of European nations continues to grow.
Michael Platini announced the plans today and Davies is in favour of the ‘Euros for Europe’, which will feature 24 countries competing in the 60th year of the European championships.
Davies said: “There are now more than 50 members and many aspire to be involved in hosting big matches. The number of countries that could host it would be very small.”
“For some of these countries, their chance of hosting a major tournament is very small. Of course there are politics about this. Since Platini came in, he has talked about courting these smaller countries and he wants to succeed Sepp Blatter at FIFA.”
He continued: “You would have concentrated group matches in one place in the early stages, and it would only be in the knock-out stages where you would need to travel.
"The FA has offered Wembley as a final stadium, which would be 24 years since they last hosted a tournament – Euro 1996.
"For something like this, the devil is in the detail.”