8/1/2018 8:56:57 PM (GMT+3)

England mull 2030 FIFA World Cup bidding

England mull 2030 FIFA World Cup bidding

LONDON: The English Football Association is considering putting a bid for the 2030 FIFA World Cup, confirming on Wednesday it has approved a feasibility study into becoming Europe's only bid.

England won the only World Cup it has ever hosted in 1966, but lost out in the race to host the 2006 and 2018 competitions.

"The English FA board agreed to conduct feasibility work into the possibility of putting itself forward to be UEFA's potential candidate to host the 2030 FIFA World Cup," FA chairman Greg Clarke said in a statement. "This work will take place during the new season and no decision will be made until 2019."

The most recent defeat was an embarrassing and expensive affair, with England going out in the first round of voting, but the FA has made little secret of its interest in trying again, particularly as it now has more faith in FIFA's selection process.

With the World Cup growing from 32 to 48 teams in 2026, when the 80-game tournament will be held in Canada, Mexico and the United States, FIFA has hinted it believes the event may be too big for one country.