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Wales to face England in Cardiff's Millennium Stadium

Millennium Stadium
The Millennium Stadium has yet to host a Euro 2012 qualifier

Wales' Euro 2012 qualifier against England on 26 March next year will be played at Cardiff's 74,500-capacity Millennium Stadium.

It will be the first Euro 2012 match held there after the smaller Cardiff City Stadium hosted the defeat to Bulgaria in October.

Wales have enjoyed just one Millennium Stadium crowd of over 30,000 fans in their last 10 qualifiers.

Managerless Wales have lost their opening three qualifying matches.

It leaves their hopes of reaching the finals tournament in Poland and Ukraine in 2012 looking slim, but the Football Association of Wales will still be looking to fill the Millennium Stadium.

"The capacity means that all of the Wales fans should be able to purchase a ticket and it also allows for the travelling England fans to have a decent quota in their part of the ground, as is agreed in the rules of the competition," said FAW chief executive Jonathan Ford.

"The knowledge and expertise that the Millennium Stadium has for staging such high-profile events means that we can all look forward to a great afternoon of football, played and supported in the best traditions of fair play.

"The fact that this is also the 100th meeting between the two countries adds spice to the occasion. The first match was back in 1879 - there is an awful lot of history between us."

Much debate has taken place over where Wales should play their matches given poor attendances at the Millennium Stadium, which up until this campaign, has staged all of Wales' World Cup and European Championship qualifiers since 2000.

The FAW proposed last year to continue hosting the big qualifiers - such as Germany, Italy and England - at the Millennium Stadium.

But competitive games against lesser nations are to be moved at the new £50m 26,500-capacity Cardiff City Stadium, the 20,500-capacity Liberty Stadium in Swansea and Llanelli's Parc y Scarlets, which holds 14,000.

Just 14,061 watched last month's 1-0 defeat to Bulgaria at the Cardiff City Stadium.

Former boss John Toshack, who stepped down in September following the opening qualifier defeat to Montenegro, had wanted all games played away from the Millennium Stadium.

England are currently second in the group, three points behind Montenegro albeit with a game in hand and superior goal difference while Wales are rock bottom, without a point after three games.

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