England could be the next country to host the World Cup after Canada, Mexico and the USA host the 2026 edition, recent reports have claimed.
UEFA President Aleksander Ceferin, England’s FIFA Council representative David Gill and other council colleagues were all enthusiastic about an England bid which could also involve some of the other home nations, reports the Daily Mail.
There is now a strong impetus building for the World Cup to return to Europe — and, increasingly, England for the first time in 64 years — for its global showcase after the ‘United’ bid of US/Canada/Mexico won the right to stage the tournament in eight years.
There is also optimism among FIFA delegates about a level playing field in future World Cup bids after a transparent process — with all of congress voting on the decision for the first time — saw the ‘United’ bid beat Morocco by 134 votes to 65.
Gill said: “It does give us great confidence that the voting procedures now in place are appropriate and relevant.”
And Gill added about a World Cup in England, shared possibly with Scotland and Wales: “You look at the assets that we’ve got in England or the UK, in terms of grounds. Some of the best grounds in world football, the best training grounds. So why not? It would be fantastic.”
Ceferin added: “It’s definitely Europe’s turn in 2030 and it’s always a bit stronger with more countries. But at the same time England can host on their own or with the rest of the UK.”