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Published 11 October 2023 3 min read
England Men's Senior Team

England stars excited by UEFA EURO 2028 news

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Nicholas Veevers

The UK and Ireland won their bid to host UEFA EURO 2028 this week to leave some excited members of the Three Lions' current squad

England men’s Marc Guehi, Harry Maguire, Fikayo Tomori and Jarrod Bowen have spoken of their excitement of the UEFA EURO 2028 tournament being hosted in the UK and Ireland.

Following the announcement that Scotland, Wales, England, Northern Ireland and Ireland will be the five joint hosts on Tuesday morning, news quickly filtered through to St. George’s Park, where the Three Lions squad are currently preparing for October’s games with Australia and Italy.

And the quartet were happy to hear about the successful bid and already looking forward to what should be a spectacular competition.

Crystal Palace defender Guehi, who was part of the England team to win the FIFA U17 World Cup back in 2017, will be among those players who will be hoping to play a part in the competition.

"It's unbelievable, it's going to be amazing,” said the 23 year old,

"For the people of the UK and Ireland, to be a part of one of the biggest sporting events in the world, it's a great feeling.”

Maguire already knows what it feels like to represent his country on home soil, having been a part of the England squad which competed at UEFA EURO 2020 which was held at venues all across Europe.
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UEFA EURO 2028 in UK and Ireland

Find out more about the tournament which will be staged by five joint hosts in the UK and Ireland

But with this tournament situated in the four UK nations and Ireland, it’s one that he’s already looking forward to.

"It's amazing and I'm really happy that we get to host a major tournament,” said the Manchester United man.

"Obviously we had EURO 2020, which came right at the end of COVID, in which we had a lot of games here and it was really special to play at Wembley.

"For us all as five nations to get the opportunity to host it, I'm sure it's going to be an amazing event and one which we're looking forward to.”

Tomori is another defender who will have his sights set on being involved in five years.

Having emerged through the ranks at Chelsea, he’s now enjoying life in Serie A with Italian giants AC Milan and aiming to help inspire the next generation.

"For the UK and Ireland to win the bid to host the EURO 2028, is such a big thing,” he said.
Jarrod Bowen and Declan Rice will be among the players targeting a place at UEFA EURO 2028
Jarrod Bowen and Declan Rice will be among the players targeting a place at UEFA EURO 2028
“For our friends and family who live here, it's going to be easier for them to come to the games.

"There'll be lots of young kids coming to those games, and it'll be up to us to inspire them.

"For the UK and Ireland to host it, it's another chance to show the nice stadiums and nice countries that we have.”

For Bowen, it’s the prospect of the atmosphere around the ten stadiums across the UK and Ireland that excites him.

The West Ham United forward, who is back in Gareth Southgate’s squad following an electric start to the new season with the Hammers, believes fans across the five countries will make it a special tournament.

"It's a really big opportunity for the five host nations to host some really good football in their hometowns,” said the former Hereford and Hull City man.

“There's lots of great stadiums to play at, lots of really good atmospheres to play in that will be created so lots to look forward to.”