England could make partial Wembley exit in 2018

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England could play home games around the country from 2018 if an NFL team bases itself at Wembley. The Football Association is obliged to hold matches at the stadium until 2017 but wants an American Football franchise to replace those revenues.

England played at Old Trafford, Villa Park, Stadium of Light, St James' Park, St Mary's and Leicester before Wembley's revamp was finished in 2007. The national team's recent friendly against Norway drew a crowd of 40,181.

The previous lowest crowd for an international at the new stadium was the 48,876 for a friendly against Sweden in 2011.

In contrast, the first of three NFL games to be held at Wembley in 2014 - Miami Dolphins' 38-14 win over the Oakland Raiders - was played in front of 83,436 fans.

The other two games - Atlanta Falcons v Detroit Lions and Jacksonville Jaguars v Dallas Cowboys - have also sold out.

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