A joint bid by the UK and Ireland to host the 2030 World Cup has received the backing of Prime Minister Boris Johnson, who said he’s “ very keen to bring football home.”
Prime Minister Boris Johnson said, “ 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.”
Mr. Johnson, speaking in an interview with the Sun newspaper, also offered to host the entire Euros competition this year, rather than just the final and semi-final as planned, with the UK’s coronavirus vaccine rollout steaming ahead of the rest of Europe.
At the same time, The English Football Association said on Twitter that it welcomed “ the Government’s pledge of $ 2 million towards a potential bid” for the 2030 World Cup.
A joint statement released by all football associations involved in the bid said: “ The football associations and Government partners of the UK and Ireland are delighted that the UK Government has committed to supporting a prospective five-association bid for the 2030 FIFA World Cup.”
It added, “ 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 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.
On to the Year’s Euros, which were postponed last year due to the Covid-19 pandemic, Mr. Johnson said, “ We are hosting the Euros, We are hosting the semis and the final. If there are any other matches that they want hosted, we’re certainly on for that but at the moment that’s where we are with UEFA.”