UEFA have confirmed the postponement of Euro 2020 because of the coronavirus pandemic.
The competition is now set to take place in a year’s time in the summer of 2021. Meanwhile, the playoffs for the European Championships have provisionally been moved to June. They were originally going to take place in March.
Several other international football matches across the world have also been suspended.
This gives the domestic leagues that have been put on hold more time to try and conclude their seasons. This includes the Premier League, which currently has at least nine rounds of fixtures left to play.
Some teams, including Sheffield United, have ten matches remaining.
With no Euro 2020 taking place this summer, there is now more time to try and complete the 2019/20 campaign before the new season is due to begin.
However, that relies on football being able to continue and at this time, it is difficult for anyone to tell when that could be.
The Blades most affected by Euro 2020 and international football postponement
As things stand, there was only one United player who look guaranteed to be involved at the tournament. And he is on loan.
That man is Manchester United loanee Dean Henderson. The Mirror reported at the start of the month that not only was Henderson assured of a place in Gareth Southgate’s squad, the goalkeeper was pushing Everton’s Jordan Pickford for the number one spot.
The other Blades who could have been involved at the competition were all with teams in the playoffs. That includes Republic of Ireland trio John Egan, David McGoldrick and Enda Stevens.
They could have faced teammate Mo Besic – on loan from the Toffees – had they won their playoff against Slovakia. Besic plays for Bosnia and Herzegovina, who faced Northern Ireland in their own playoff.
Elsewhere, Scotland duo John Fleck and Oli McBurnie could have faced club record signing Sander Berge had they beaten Israel in their playoff. Berge plays for Norway, who were due to face Serbia.
Away from Euro 2020, there were two others who looked set for debuts. The first is George Baldock, who recently admitted he was in talks with Greece about playing for them.
Baldock qualifies for the nation via his grandmother and would have played in upcoming friendlies had they not been cancelled.
Meanwhile, Senegal manager Regis Bogaert said he was monitoring Lys Mousset for a call-up. Mousset is a France Under-21 international, but his father is Senegalese.