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England are Scheduled to play a 3 team tournament in Manchester in June to prepare for Euro 2004. All matches will be played at the city of Manchester Stadium.

From manchesteronline.co.uk

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CITY'S £120 million Eastlands stadium is to become a world stage with England hosting a pre-Euro 2004 mini tournament in Manchester.

David Beckham and and Co will take on World Cup surprise package Japan and an as-yet unchosen European team in a three-country challenge, with all games held in the 48,000-seat City of Manchester stadium in early June.

It is a major coup for the club which has vowed to ensure year-round use of the stadium that came to world prominence when it staged the Commonwealth Games. City already have big plans to bring world-class pop artists to their new home.

The FA, which has have sent delegates to the stadium several times already this season, will not make an official announcement about the tournament until they have consulted England team boss Sven Goran Eriksson about his preferences for possible opponents.

No country in England's Euro 2004 group B, which begins on June 12th, would be suitable, which rules out France, Switzerland and Croatia. But there is a possibility England's final warm up matches could include a game against a seeded Euro 2004 nation, such as Italy or Germany.

The FA has had a policy of going national with the England squad while Wembley is being rebuilt and they have already played several internationals at Old Trafford.

In addition to the Theatre of Dreams, the England roadshow has visited Sunderland's Stadium of Light, Portman Road (Ipswich), Elland Road (Leeds), Liverpool's Anfield, St James Park (Newcastle), the Riverside Stadium (Middlesbrough), Derby County's Pride Park, Southampton's new headquarters and White Hart Lane.

City's board is convinced there will soon be an announcement from UEFA that a European final will be played at the Eastlands stadium.

A UEFA delegate said he was highly impressed with the all-seater stadium, that boasts spacious parking facilities.

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Finally, an England match at a deserving ground. Much more deserving than Shît-holes like Portman Road and White Hart Lane. Them two are shacks and bring England's great name into disrepute. If it wasn't for those damn rags we'd have had this sooner. I'm very pleased :D

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The thread title got me excited then i read where it was being held.....what an anti climax :depress:

This "mini-tournament" idea sounds quite good, i wonder who the European team could be, my money is on a scandinavian side or maybe even an eastern European side.

I wish they had decided to hold this event in a bigger stadium! ;)
 

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Sometimes bigger doesn't meant better Russell ;)

Anyway, the two prime targets I've heard are Italy and Germany. I'd prefer Germany, give them a whooping and also theres the rivalry.

I almost felt sorry for you then Russell for your disappointment but then recalled not only are you a rag ;) but there have been tons of matches at the Sty so you can't be too disappointed. The other rags I've spoke to say they're not bothered that its at city's ground, but when we had Liecthenstein, they were going on how England had come to a "real" ground. (odd as it is often full of plastics)

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It's annoying when you get shite stadiums like Portman Road, Upton Park and White Hart Lane hosting national matches. It's a shame Stamford Bridge can't due to some f'n shite law in the planning permission from the council.
 
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