NYON: The four British home associations and Football Association of Ireland are assured of hosting the finals of the European Championship in 2028 after line rival Turkey decided to focus, instead, on costing Euro 2032 with Italy.

Previously Italy had bid for only 2032 while Turkey had bid both 2028 and 2032. Formal approval is expected to be granted by UEFA’s next executive committee meeting.

Turkey hosted June’s Champions League final between Manchester City and Inter Milan at Istanbul’s Ataturk Olympic Stadium, but a major international tournament has never been held in the country.

Reigning European champions Italy hosted the Euros in 1968 and 1980 and Rome’s Stadio Olimpico was also used as a venue at Euro 2020.

In April, 10 grounds were selected for the UK and Republic of Ireland’s bid, including Glasgow’s Hampden Park, Cardiff’s Principality Stadium, Dublin’s Aviva Stadium and Wembley in London.

Belfast’s Casement Park and Everton’s Bramley-Moore Dock, two unbuilt stadiums, are also included in the bid.

The Republic of Ireland, Northern Ireland and Wales have never hosted a major tournament.

England were one of the 11 countries to host Euro 2020 along with Scotland, as well as being sole hosts of the 1966 World Cup and Euro 96.

UK & Ireland Euro 2028 host stadiums

  1. Wembley Stadium (London) (capacity 90,652)
  2. Principality Stadium (Cardiff) (73,952)
  3. Tottenham Hotspur Stadium (London) (62,322)
  4. Etihad Stadium (Manchester) (61,000)
  5. Everton Stadium (Liverpool) (52,679)
  6. St James’ Park (Newcastle) (52,305)
  7. Villa Park (Birmingham) (52,190)
  8. Hampden Park (Glasgow) (52,032)
  9. Aviva Stadium (Dublin) (51,711)
  10. Casement Park (Belfast) (34,500)