England to host Italy and Hungary at Molineux

Molineux will host the England men’s team for the first time in more than 65 years as Gareth Southgate’s side take on Italy and Hungary in UEFA Nations League fixtures this June.

England’s meeting with the Italians on Saturday 11th June will be played behind closed doors, following sanctions imposed by UEFA, but the visit of Hungary (7.45pm kick-off) on Tuesday 14th June will be open to supporters.

The senior men’s team have played at Molineux on four previous occasions with the last of those coming in December 1956 as the Three Lions tasted victory over Denmark in a 1958 FIFA World Cup qualifier.

However, the stadium has regularly hosted men’s under-21 matches since that time, with the latest of those coming in the autumn of 2020 when the Young Lions facing a trio of UEFA U21 Championship qualifying fixtures against Turkey, Andorra and Albania.

Molineux is also set to welcome England Women on Wednesday 23rd February, as the Lionesses complete their Arnold Clark Cup fixtures against Germany (7.30pm).

Matt Wild, Wolves’ general manager of football operations, said: “Following on from the success of the under-21 matches we hosted back in 2020 and the highly-anticipated England Women’s game next week, we’re delighted to have been given the opportunity to host the senior men’s side for two of their home Nations League fixtures.

“We’re proud that Molineux and Wolverhampton is establishing itself as an international sporting venue and we look forward to welcoming the England senior men’s team back to the city for the first time since 1956.

“The people of Wolverhampton have had to wait a long time to see the team in their city and many of our supporters would have never had the chance to watch the Three Lions at Molineux, so we are thrilled to be hosting these fixtures, as it will be a great occasion for the city, for the club and for supporters.”

As well as facing Italy and Hungary home and away in this year’s Nations League group stages, England have also been drawn alongside Germany in Group A3.

The competition will begin this summer with a trip to face Hungary in Budapest on Saturday 4th June (5pm kick-off BST) before the Three Lions take on Germany in Munich on Tuesday 7th June (7.45pm). The group stages will be completed in September before the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar gets underway in November.

Southgate added: “While Wembley is our home, we very much enjoy taking the squad on the road where possible, particularly in the run up to a major tournament.

“2022 promises to be an exciting adventure for England fans and it is great that one of English football’s famous stadiums will be a part of that.

“I know from my time in charge of the under-21s how much a Molineux crowd embraces the experience of international football, so we look forward to returning to Wolverhampton in June.”

Before the Nations League gets underway, England also host Switzerland for an Alzheimer’s Society International on Saturday 26th March (5.30pm) and Ivory Coast on Tuesday 29th March (7.45pm), with both fixtures at Wembley Stadium.

Ticket details regarding the Molineux fixture against Hungary on Tuesday 14th June will be announced in due course.