Brussels has lost the right to stage Euro 2020 matches following delays in the development of its new Eurostadium and the four games it was due host will go to London's Wembley instead, UEFA said on Thursday.
The decision means that Wembley will stage seven games in total - the final, both semi-finals, a last-16 match and three group games - resulting in the biggest festival of worldwide football in the country since Euro 96.
As they confirm their preparations for EURO 2020, UEFA have announced that "each qualified host country will play a minimum of two games at home". "It's an honour to be one of the 12 nations that will play a part in this prestigious "EURO for Europe" tournament and I would like to thank the Uefa executive committee for giving us the opportunity to stage these games".
"We discussed with Brussels for quite a long time, they were not able to provide us with all the documentation".
"They still don't have the documents". They didn't expect a decision until January and they did not know whether that would be a yes or a no. Experts from [our] administration felt it was a high risk for UEFA to wait.
The building of the Brussels Eurostadium had run into delays involving the applications for construction and environmental permits.
However, Uefa opted for Wembley, which has already been chosen as the venue for the semi-finals and final.
After been selected as one of the host cities in September 2014, it was confirmed that the Aviva Stadium would host two Republic of Ireland games, if qualification was achieved.
Rome and Baku will host Group A, Saint Petersburg and Copenhagen Group B, Amsterdam and Bucharest Group C, London and Glasgow Group D, Bilbao and Dublin Group E, with Munich and Budapest the Group F venues.
Today UEFA has announced that the opening match will be played at the Olimpico, with the Group A matches to be paired between Rome and Baku.
Cardiff and Stockholm had also been in contention to host the extra games.