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FA bid for finals of Euro 2020.

ENGLAND are to bid for the Euro 2020 semi-finals and final, despite Turkey emerging as the strong favourite.

FA chiefs have been deciding on their strategy for Euro 2020 after Istanbul lost out in its bid for the 2020 Olympics - meaning they are front-runners to host the climax of the European Championship.

The FA has confirmed now that it has declared an interest in hosting either the semi-finals and final at Wembley, or a "standard" package of three group games and a knock-out round match.

In total, 32 countries, including England, Scotland, Wales and the Republic of Ireland, have declared an interest in hosting matches, which are to be held in 13 cities across the continent.

The FA has low expectations of winning the final, but lodged a bid to display its commitment.

FA general secretary Alex Horne said: "We would be delighted for London and Wembley Stadium to be chosen to host either of the two packages available.

"It would be great to see England playing in front of their home fans here in London as part of a Euro finals tournament, but we expect this to be very competitive."

Meanwhile, Qatar has still insisted it can host the 2022 World Cup in summer, even as pressure mounts on FIFA to switch it to winter.

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Publication:The Mirror (London, England)
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Date:Sep 21, 2013
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