Newcastle United’s home ground St. James’ Park is ready to host an England game for the first time in 19 years.
The Athletic reports that England is prepared to play two friendly matches at home in June before commencing their Euro 2024 campaign in Germany. St. James’ Park will witness the Three Lions facing Bosnia & Herzegovina on June 3, and then they will confront Iceland on June 7 at Wembley Stadium.
This marks the first occasion since 2005 that the Magpies’ home ground will be the venue for an international match featuring the England national team.
Speaking to reporters, England boss Gareth Southgate said, “We’re really looking forward to taking the team back to the North East and to a city that is synonymous with football in this country. We will follow that with another special occasion at Wembley allowing our fans the opportunity to give us a final send off before we head to Germany for another exciting summer. Both opponents in June are sure to provide stiff competition and play an important part in our preparation for the tournament.”
St. James’ Park has previously hosted 18 international matches, with the home nation participating in seven of them. The most recent instance occurred in September 2023 when Saudi Arabia played friendly fixtures against Costa Rica and South Korea at the stadium.