Football’s coming home, to West London

Anyone in deep despair about England’s exit from the Russia World Cup should look ahead to 2020, when Wembley will play host to the climax of the European Championship.

Seven games will be played there – the semi-finals and final as well as three group games and a last 16 tie. The tournament runs from 12 June until 12 July in 2020, and is the first to be played under a new format with games spread across several countries.

Glasgow, Dublin, Rome, Baku, Saint Petersburg, Copenhagen, Amsterdam, Bucharest, Bilbao, Munich and Budapest will also host games in the tournament.

202 is also the year that Brent will be London’s Borough of Culture – an honour won in a competitive bid against many other London boroughs and which will result in £1.3m of investment in cultural programmes in the borough.

Between them, these two things will provide much opportunity in Wembley, Brent, and across West London in 2020.