Boris Johnson has offered to host all European Championship matches in the UK this summer – and wants the World Cup in Britain and Ireland in 2030.
The euros – pushed back by a year due to the coronavirus pandemic – are expected to be staged in 12 countries, with the semi-finals and the final taking place at Wembley in London.
But with Covid restrictions still causing disruption across Europe – and given the successful rollout of vaccines in England – Johnson has offered to play additional matches if UEFA is forced to change plans.
Speaking to The Sun, the Prime Minister said: “We welcome the Euros. We host the semi-finals and the final.
“If there is, you know, if they want other games that they want to host, we are certainly ready for that, but at the moment that’s where we are with UEFA.”
In what could spark a decade of ‘windfall’ football, Chancellor Rishi Sunak will also set out in Tuesday’s budget his intention to inject millions of dollars into funding the UK’s joint bid and the UK. Ireland to host the 2030 World Cup.
Johnson said: “We’re very, very keen to bring football home in 2030. I think that’s the right place.
“This is the home of football, now is the right time. It will be an absolutely wonderful thing for the country.
Sunak will announce a £ 2.8million investment plan to revive the presentation of UK and Ireland to FIFA to host the World Cup in nine years.
A joint statement issued on Monday evening by the English FA and the football associations of Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland read: “We have joined the Scottish Football Association, the Football Association of Wales, the Irish Football Association and the Football Association. from Ireland in welcoming the government’s commitment of £ 2.8million to launch a potential bid for the 2030 FIFA World Cup:
“Football associations and government partners in the UK and Ireland are delighted that the UK government has committed to supporting 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 provide an incredible opportunity to deliver tangible benefits to our people. 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 government will also invest £ 25million in grassroots football, which would be enough to fund around 700 new pitches across the UK.
Johnson said: “One of the things we want to do is bounce back fitter.
“We want to bounce back better, but we also want to do a lot more to encourage sport in this country after the pandemic.
England boss Gareth Southgate will be live on talkSPORT Tuesday from 9-10 a.m. to give his reaction to the news and talk about plans for Euro 2020