Britain and Ireland are considering dropping their plans to bid for the 2030 World Cup and are instead hopeful of hosting the Euro 2028 tournament, according to The Times.
Senior figures in international football have reportedly advised them that a bid for the World Cup would be ‘torpedoed’ by political deal-making with Fifa looking to take the tournament to new territories.
The plan to bid for Euro 2028 has come following top-level talks before Christmas in which the FAs were informed that they would have an excellent chance of success of hosting the tournament.
An executive from one of the associations told The Times that it was a “no-brainer” and said: “If that’s the message being delivered then we have to listen to it.”
The 2028 competition is likely to expand from 24 to 32 teams and Uefa are likely to welcome the guarantee of commercial success that Britain and Ireland would bring.
England are unlikely to face anymore backlash from the crowd trouble at last year’s tournament in London and have since been awarded the “Finalissima” match between the European champions, Italy, and the South American champions, Argentina, in June.
There still remains the possibility that Britain and Ireland will bid for the 2030 World Cup, but it has been reported that insiders claim it would be foolish to ignore the advice given to them.
A decision has to be made by March.