Euro 2028 bidding war opens but England face fight with Russia and Italy
UEFA have launched their bidding process for Euro 2028, months after the conclusion of Euro 2020 at Wembley.
And, according to The Sun, Wembley could be ready to stage the footballing spectacle for the second time in under a decade as England are in prime position to host the tournament.
England hosted a handful of games at Euro 2020, including both semi-finals and the final – and should the FA bid for the 2028 showpiece, England has already met all the criteria for a host nation.
However, there is one stumbling block – England's proposed bid for the 2030 World Cup, which would derail any Euros hopes.
It won't be a straight run to Euro 2028 for the Three Lions, and the English bid will square off with other hopefuls.
While no official bids have been made, speculation is rife as to who is interested in throwing their name in the hat.
Reigning champions Italy have been suggested alongside Russia and Turkey, while a joint Scandinavian bid – including Finland – are also drawing up the feasibility of hosting.
Euro 2024 is set to be hosted in Germany, ruling them out of a bid.
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Under the new 24-team former, UEFA demands that any host nation must have at least one stadium that can house over 60,000 with preferably two over 50,000.
UEFA continues to ask the bid must include four grounds with a 40,000-plus with three able to host 30,000 or more.
English football has eight grounds that can seat over 50,000 fans: the Emirates and Tottenham Stadium in London, the Etihad and Old Trafford in Manchester, Villa Park, Anfield, and St James Park.
While Wembley itself can house 90,000 fans.
The bid could then be padded out with a plethora of grounds that meet the minimum requirements set by UEFA.
England last hosted a major footballing tournament outright in 1996.
For Euro 96, the FA opted with Leeds United's Elland Road, Nottingham Forest's City Ground, and Sheffield Wednesday's Hillsborough to pad out the bid.
The English side enjoyed a fairytale run to the semi-finals during the tournament.
But it was the Germans who dumped out England on penalties, with Gareth Southgate missing the crucial spot-kick.
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