England could jointly host the 2030 World Cup.

A bid from England, Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland and Republic of Ireland has received support from the UK Government, with Prime Minister Boris Johnson saying it is the "right time" to "bring football home".

A feasibility study is under way and will continue before the formal bidding process begins next year.

The news comes after speculation last week that this summer’s multi-nation Euros could end up taking place entirely in this country due to Covid-related travel concerns.

In an interview with The Sun, the Prime Minister 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."

The Football Association said on Twitter that it welcomed "the Government's pledge of £2.8million towards a potential bid" for the 2030 World Cup.



FIFA do not formally open the bidding process until next year.

It is not known whether the Amex would have any part in either a World Cup in 2030 or any additional Euro fixtures this year.

The stadium hosted two Rugby World Cup games in 2015 and will stage three fixtures in next summer’s European Championships for women, including one England match in the group stages and a quarter-final.

The delayed 2020 Euros loom rather larger on the horizon.

While an initial suggestion last week that the finals could be shifted en bloc to the UK was quickly played down, national team boss Gareth Southgate says the nation is ready for such an eventuality.

He told TalkSPORT today: “At the moment we're being told the tournament will stay in its current format."

"You would imagine if there's an option for one country to host, we'll be well placed with a couple of other countries to be able to do that.”