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Minister plays down talk of more Euro 2020 games in England

Business Secretary Kwasi Kwarteng has played down suggestions that Britain could host additional Euro 2020 matches this summer as the coronavirus vaccine drives down infections.

The tournament is due to be hosted across 12 different countries, with the semi-finals and final to be played at Wembley, although Uefa is reported to be looking at other options in the light of continuing coronavirus restrictions.

However, despite the success of the vaccine rollout, Mr Kwarteng played down suggestions Wembley could take more games. He said: “It is Mar 2 now. I don’t want to run ahead of ourselves. The information is very encouraging, the vaccine rollout has been very successful. I don’t want to over-egg it. I don’t want to say we are completely free of coronavirus. There are still dangers ahead.

“The numbers are encouraging but I don’t think it would be right for me to speculate about football tournaments in two or three months’ time.”