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Steelers will not play an international game in 2019

The NFL has announced the teams set for international competition in 2019 on Monday, and despite reports to the contrary last week, the Steelers are not one of them.

Pittsburgh Steelers v Minnesota Vikings Photo by Nicky Hayes/NFL UK/Pool/Getty Images

Depending upon where you get your news about the Pittsburgh Steelers, you might have been under the impression that an international game would be appearing on the schedule this season. Following a report from a Mexican newspaper suggesting the Los Angeles Chargers would be the team playing there in 2019, speculation began to grow from some outlets.

However, after an official announcement by the NFL on Monday, it would appear those unsubstantiated rumors have finally been put to rest with the confirmation that it will be the Kansas City Chiefs who will play the Chargers in Mexico next season.

With the home teams having already been announced for the four games in London a few weeks ago, there was never any danger of Pittsburgh being forced to play a second game at Wembley Stadium this year. Sadly for U.K. football fans, they will be forced to endure a number of uninspiring teams in 2019 with the Cincinnati Bengals, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Oakland Raiders, Jacksonville Jaguars and Carolina Panthers all set to play in England next season.

While Pittsburgh was a popular draw for the U.K. audience when they played against the Minnesota Vikings in London in 2013, Art Rooney II has made no secret of the team’s desire to play a game south of the border. And if they are to play a game overseas again in the near future, it is much more likely that game will come in Mexico ahead of a return to England.