England finally returned to their spiritual home at Wembley on this day in 2007 after more than six and a half years away from London.
Completion of the new stadium took longer than expected and cost around £750m, but the all-new 90,000-capacity stadium was ready to host international football.
Brazil was the visitor in a friendly match. John Terry earned the honor of being the first England international to score under the arch at Wembley, with a header from David Beckham’s free kick in the 68th minute. Then the Brazilian Diego spoiled the match with a draw in stoppage time to end the match with a 1-1 draw.
Although many football fans say the old Wembley was the traditional home much better than the new, few can complain about the facilities at the new stadium. The seats are comfortable and have plenty of legroom, the toilets are more pleasant and the whole stadium is a lot cleaner than the old one. Yes, the Twin Towers have been demolished, but the arch over the rooftop of the stadium is beautiful.
The return of international football to Wembley has ended England’s play of matches across the country. It was very fun to see them play in different stadiums and more fans were able to see their national team play. There is nothing like walking down Wembley Road though!
The post appeared on this day – June 1 for the first time on the Far Post title.