Uefa would welcome a bid for the 2028 European Championship from the Republic of Ireland and UK after hopes of bringing the 2030 World Cup there began to fade.
The English Football Association (FA) is undertaking a feasibility study into a World Cup bid after receiving £2.8 million of funding from the UK government. But while a final decision has not been taken, senior figures in the organisation believe any bid is unlikely to succeed.
It is understood the Scottish FA is also uncertain over making a commitment to the 2030 project after proposed funding for the refurbishment of Hampden Park as part of the deal was not forthcoming from Whitehall.
The Conservative party made a 2030 bid part of its 2019 election manifesto, and last summer Boris Johnson said it was “the right time” to “bring football home”.
The pledge was made alongside a commitment to put £550 million into the game in the UK, with £50 million released last year.