Britain could host the entire Euro 2020 tournament this summer amid the success of the coronavirus vaccine roll out on UK shores.
Organisers UEFA are currently stuck for ideas on what to do about the competition after they were forced to scrap their grand plans to hold it in 12 separate countries.
Wembley Stadium was due to play host to a significant number of the fixtures, including the semi-finals and final.
And now the UK Government are reportedly prepared to expand their offer and take control of the rest of the tournament.
According to The Sunday Times , supporters will be allowed to return to stadiums quicker in Britain than any other country in the EU.
This offers the prospect that a small number of fans will be able to attend the matches at the tournament – which kicks off in June.
Culture Secretary Oliver Dowden is now said to be hopeful of giving the green light for fans to return from May, when the Government also aim to open up access to music festivals and nightclubs.
Some football grounds were sanctioned to accommodate up to 4,000 fans in the autumn, but officials feel they could surpass that figure this summer.
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UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson has pledged to offer the vaccine to all adults in the country by July 31, and more than 17million people have already had one – a much faster rate than those in the EU.
Bayern Munich chief executive Karl-Heinz Rummenigge recently claimed UEFA president Aleksandr Ceferin is keen on the idea of just one nation hosting the whole tournament, putting the UK in prime position.
England hosted the same tournament 25 years ago and has the necessary infrastructure in place to do so again without issue.
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The Governement are said to be in ongoing talks with UEFA, who are not planning to cancel the tournament, which has already been delayed by 12 months.
One issue that will need to be resolved if the UK were to host would be an exemption on the Portuguese national team – the current holders of the European Championship.
Portugal is on the UK banned travel list, with no exemptions currently in play for sporting bubbles, though the Government is in discussions over finding a loophole.