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It’s coming home! Euro 2028 looks set to be held in the UK and Ireland

Turkey and Russia have pulled out, meaning there’s now only one bid in the running to host the tournament

Sophie Dickinson
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Sophie Dickinson

It might never come home in the sense we really want it to, but here’s some news that’ll cheer up anyone who rode the wave of coming-home hysteria last summer. The UK and Ireland are on the verge of being announced as the Euro 2028 hosts – as Russia and Turkey have just scrapped their bids and no other rivals have emerged. Can you imagine how wild that summer will be?

The Football Associations of England, Wales, Scotland, Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland recently scrapped their World Cup 2030 bid to focus on the 2028 competition. Russia has been ostracised from international sport following the country’s invasion of Ukraine, so them dropping out felt inevitable. And Turkey, meanwhile, simply didn’t fancy challenging the UK and Ireland any longer.

With those two major contenders now having scrapped their bids, there are no competitors left. If no one enters in the next 48 hours, the UK and Ireland are guaranteed to win.

Expect a formal announcement on April 7, then we guess you better get the group chat ready. It might feel like a long way off, but 2028 is going to be one hell of a year.

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