UEFA has banned Germany from training at Wembley ahead of their last 16 matches against England in the 2020 European Championships.
UEFA reasoned that the weather forecast had an impact on the decision as heavy rains and bad weather, in general, have been predicted in London. This along with concerns over the pitch surface being damaged has led to the decision being made. Italy and Austria were also informed they would not be allowed to train at Wembley ahead of their last 16 games. Wembley was already used to host three of England’s group stage matches against Croatia, Scotland and the Czech Republic, just a few weeks after hosting a list of cup and play-off finals.
UEFA has stressed that this decision applies to all teams playing their last 16 matches at Wembley including England who will continue to train at their base camp at St. George’s Park in Staffordshire.
The decision was however not received well in Germany, particularly in the press who claim that England has been given “an unfair advantage.” The Met Office is predicting heavy rainfall and thunderstorms in the 48 hours ahead of kick-off on Tuesday evening.
Germany has therefore been forced to alter their plans. Joachim Low and his management team have decided they will have an extra training session at their training base in Herzogenaurach before flying to England.