The Prime Minister of Great Britain, Boris Johnson, has given his word of support to a potential joint bid from England, Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland to host the 2030 FIFA World Cup.
FIFA will begin the formal bidding process to host the tournament later next year.
The nations in question are currently conducting a feasibility study so as to know how to pitch their proposals when the bidding commences.
BJ in an interview with The Sun 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 government has stepped up it’s backing with actions by pledging to give the English FA £2.8 million towards a potential bid” for the 2030 World Cup.
A joint statement released by the FA and the football associations of Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland and Republic of Ireland on Monday read:
“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 last time the FIFA world cup was hosted by an English nation was in 1966 and it was also the first and only time England won the cup.
The 2022 World Cup will take place in Qatar, while the 2026 tournament is to be held in the United States, Canada and Mexico.