• FA’s choice of host cities sparks controversy
• 16-team tournament will see final take place at Wembley
England has won the right to stage the 2021 Women’s European Championship finals but the Football Association’s choice of proposed host cities and stadiums is controversial as no games would be hosted north of Manchester and Rotherham.
That dictates a huge swathe of the north, most notably the north east, would be excluded from easy access to a tournament which England won unopposed. Uefa were impressed by the strength of the FA’s bid for a 16-team competition concluding in a Wembley final but the geographical spread and limited size of certain venues seems puzzling, particularly as Euro 2021 is regarded as integral to the development of the women’s domestic game.