Boris Johnson offers to host all Euro 2020 games in the UK and outlines plans for joint bid for 2030 World Cup

Boris Johnson has offered to host every European Championship game in the UK this summer – and wants the World Cup in Britain and Ireland in 2030.

The Euros – pushed back a year due to the coronavirus pandemic – are due to be staged across 12 countries, with the semi-finals and final being held at Wembley in London.

Johnson wants the UK to host the European Championship and the 2030 World Cup
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But with the Covid restrictions still causing disruption throughout Europe – and given England’s successful vaccine roll-out – Johnson has offered to take on extra games if UEFA is forced to alter its plans.

Speaking to The Sun, the PM said: “We are hosting the Euros. We are hosting the semis and the final.

“If there’s, you know, if they want any other matches that they want hosted, we’re certainly on for that but at the moment that’s where we are with UEFA.”

In what could spark a ‘bonanza’ decade of football, Chancellor Rishi Sunak will also outline plans to pump millions into funding the UK and Ireland’s joint-bid to host the 2030 World Cup in Wednesday’s Budget.

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.”

All three of England’s group games will be played at Wembley as will the semi-finals and final of the tournament, but more games could be added
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Sunak will announce a plan to invest £2.8million to kickstart UK and Ireland’s pitch to FIFA to hold the World Cup in nine years’ time.

The 2022 World Cup will take place in Qatar next year, while the 2026 tournament is to be held in the United States, Canada and Mexico.

England have not hosted the World Cup since the victorious 1966 campaign.

A joint-statement released by the English FA and the football associations of Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland and Republic of Ireland on Monday evening read:” We’ve joined the Scottish Football Association, Football Association of Wales, Irish Football Association and Football Association of Ireland in welcoming the government’s pledge of £2.8million to kick-start a potential bid for the 2030 FIFA World Cup:

“The football associations and government partners of the UK and Ireland are delighted that the UK government has committed to support a prospective five-association bid for the 2030 FIFA World Cup.

“We will continue to undertake feasibility work to assess the viability of a bid before FIFA formally open the process in 2022. Staging a FIFA World Cup would provide an incredible opportunity to deliver tangible benefits for our nations.

“If a decision is made to bid for the event, we look forward to presenting our hosting proposals to FIFA and the wider global football community.”

The government will also invest £25m into grassroots football, which would be enough to fund around 700 new pitches across the UK.

Tweeting on Tuesday morning, Johnson added: “Let’s bring football home in 2030. I would love for the home of football to host the 2030 World Cup, and it would be a wonderful thing for the whole country to savour.

“We want to do much more to encourage sport post-pandemic and see a bonanza of football in the years ahead.”


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