UK Nations Discuss Possible 2030 World Cup Bid

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England Team Group Shot. Top Row (left to right) Dele Alli, John Stones, Eric Dier, goalkeeper Tom Heaton, Phil Jones, and Gary Cahill. Bottom Row (left to right) Raheem Sterling, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Kieran Trippier, Harry Kane and Ryan Bertrand

The English Football Association has held talks with counterparts representing the other UK ‘home nations’ of Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales over a possible joint bid for the 2030 Fifa World Cup.

The Guardian newspaper reported that the FA’s chief executive Martin Glenn and chairman Greg Clarke had discussed the possible project at a meeting with the other associations in Moscow on Tuesday.

The English body agreed to consult the other home nations before launching any campaign.

England suffered an embarrassing defeat in the bidding contest for the 2018 Fifa World Cup, crashing out in the first round of voting.

“Everyone would like to see World Cup football in England and possibly the wider UK and it would be very strong financially,” former Scottish Football Association chief executive Stewart Regan said. “It would definitely be viewed as a low-risk bid.”

In November, Argentina, Paraguay and Uruguay formalised a pact to launch a joint bid for the 2030 World Cup. Argentina would have eight host cities, with two apiece in Paraguay and Uruguay.

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