Where could England play in Euro 2016? A location guide for fans
Now England are through to the Euro 2016 finals unscathed, fans can begin to think about booking flights to France, though not necessarily their tickets until they know which group the Three Lions, 11/1 with Coral to win the tournament, will be drawn in.
With this in mind, we provide a breakdown of the possible groups, locations and stadia where England could feature to make that decision-making process that bit easier!
While Group A is reserved for hosts France, out of all the top seeds, this means that if England are drawn in Group B, they will have trips to Marseille, Lens and St-Etienne.
This is one which fans and Roy Hodgson alike will be hoping to avoid, as it involves trips from one end of the country to another. Undoubtedly, it is Marseille on the south coast which is the most glamorous of the three cities, situated in the beautiful region of Provence.
English fans will be pleased to know that here, they can get some of the best fish and chips in the country, here on the French Riviera and should take advantage of this culinary locality.
If the Three Lions are drawn in this group, it would see them take trips to both Paris and Lille, which would make it very convenient for fans with both places based in the north of France.
They would face two matches in the capital at the Stade de France and Parc des Princes, so if England had consecutive games here, it would mean the players spend less time travelling and more time preparing!
For downtime, the French capital offers a wide array of traditional cafes and bars for fans to unwind as well as some of the best attractions in the world with the Louvre, Eiffel Tower and Arc de Triomphe all within walking distance of each other.
Although there would still be a fair amount of travelling involved, fans can hope to do this in much sunnier climes, with England playing their matches in the south.
On the southwest coast Bordeaux will play host, and moving southeast Toulouse is another destination which all involved must hope the name of the place isn’t an omen. The third destination is Nice, and it certainly lives up to its name.
Literally translated to ‘beautiful’ fans can really soak up the sun here in this Mediterranean city, or take a trip to a number of museums, with the famous Notre-Dame cathedral well worth a visit!
The three destinations here make up the shape of an obtuse triangle on a map, though are still relatively in the south of France, with Bordeaux, Lyon and Nice playing hosts though are no more than an hour away from each other by aeroplane.
Lyon is well worth exploring with its winding, cobbled streets in the old town attracting a number of visitors each year, with its quaint traditional cafes, bars and restaurants.
One that wouldn’t be too bad, this involves a match in Paris at the Stade de France and games in both Lyon and St-Etienne, both of which are approximately 40 miles from each other and easy commuting distance.