Boris Johnson has confirmed that the UK has offered to host additional Euro 2020 matches this summer – and said talks between ministers and UEFA continue as organizers try to find a solution in due to the coronavirus pandemic.
The tournament is set to be staged in 12 different countries, with the semi-finals and the final at Wembley – but with Covid restrictions still affecting everyone, UEFA is considering other options to limit travel.
Talk to The sunBoris Johnson says Britain is ready to face extra games – and cites the vaccine rollout as one of the main reasons for his confidence.
The document also goes on to say that the UK government has backed a joint bid from England, Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland to host the 2030 World Cup. , the Prime Minister declaring that it is the “right time” football at home “.
A feasibility study is underway and will continue before the formal tendering process begins next year.
The England FA said on Twitter that it welcomed the government’s ‘£ 2.8million pledge for a potential bid’ for the 2030 World Cup.
A joint statement issued on Monday evening by the FA and the football associations of Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland reads: “The football associations and government partners of the Kingdom United and Ireland are delighted that the British government has pledged to support a potential bid of five associations for the 2030 FIFA World Cup.
“We will continue to undertake feasibility work to assess the viability of a bid before FIFA officially opens the process in 2022.
“Hosting a FIFA World Cup would be an incredible opportunity to bring tangible benefits to our nations.
“If a decision is made to participate in the event, we look forward to presenting our hosting proposals to FIFA and the global football community at large.”
The 2022 World Cup will be held in Qatar next year, while the 2026 tournament will take place in the United States, Canada and Mexico.
Sky Sports News contacted Downing Street and UEFA.
When is Euro 2020? Hosts, dates, teams, meetings
Who reached Euro 2020 and how will the tournament work?
The coronavirus has postponed Euro 2020 for a year to 2021, but 24 teams will still play in 12 host cities in a football festival.
The top two teams from each of the 10 groups advanced to Euro 2020 and the remaining four positions were settled in the play-offs, with Scotland beating Serbia in a penalty shoot-out to join England and Wales at the tournament.
Here is the schedule confirmed to date.
When and where is Euro 2020?
The 16th UEFA European Championship takes place June 11 to July 11, 2021, and to celebrate the tournament’s 60th anniversary, 12 cities from across the continent have been selected as hosts. The 12 cities and stadiums are:
- Amsterdam, Netherlands) – Johan Cruyff Arena
- Baku (Azerbaijan) – Olympic Stadium
- Bilbao (Spain) – San Mames
- Bucharest, Romania) – Arena Nationala
- Budapest, Hungary) – Puskas arena
- Copenhagen, Denmark) – Parken Stadium
- Dublin (Republic of Ireland) – Aviva Stadium
- Glasgow (Scotland) – Hampden Park
- London, England) – Wembley stadium
- Munich, Germany) – Allianz Arena
- Rome, Italy) – Stadio Olimpico
- Saint Petersburg (Russia) – Krestovsky Stadium
Rome’s Stadio Olimpico will host the opener on 11 June, while England’s Wembley National Stadium will host the semi-finals and final.