Britain and Ireland set to scrap 2030 World Cup bid for ‘no-brainer’ Euro 2028

Britain and Ireland could try to secure hosting rights for Euro 2028 rather than the 2030 World Cup over fears that Fifa want to take their showpiece tournament to new territories.

The English FA went big on a failed bid to host the World Cup back in 2018 despite the involvement of David Beckham and Prince William, with Russia holding a successful tournament.

After Wembley and Hampden Park hosted fixtures during the summer, each of the four home nations as well as Ireland are said to have a better chance of hosting a European Championships.

It has been reported that Fifa are keen on taking the World Cup to new territories, with the tournament being held in Qatar later this year and across Canada, Mexico and the United States in 2016.

The Times report that Britain and Ireland would have an excellent chance of hosting Euro 2028, with all bids needing to be submitted before March.

They add that the five FAs were given 'encouragement' during top-level talks before Christmas, with an executive from one association saying that the switch was described as "a no-brainer".

Currently, Romania, Greece, Bulgaria and Serbia have confirmed their plans to bid for a joint tournament, as have Turkey.

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Other potential bids include Italy, Russia, Portugal & Spain as well as another joint effort from Denmark, Faroe Islands, Finland, Iceland, Norway and Sweden.

In an interview with The Sun back in March, Prime Minister Boris Johnson said: "We are very, very keen to bring football home in 2030. I do think it’s the right place.

"It’s the home of football, it’s the right time. It will be an absolutely wonderful thing for the country."

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