4 Dec 2008

Scotland and Wales interested in hosting Euro2016

6:02 am on 4 December 2008

Scotland and Wales have held "tentative talks" about the possibility of hosting the European soccer championship in 2016.

Officials from Northern Ireland are also expected to be included in further discussions at the end of February as the three British associations explore the possibility of hosting the tournament in eight years time.

UEFA, European soccer's governing body, decided in September to increase the number of finalists from 16 to 24 teams from 2016.

Three of the last four European championships have been co-hosted with Belgium and Netherlands staging Euro 2000, Austria and Switzerland hosting this year's championship and Ukraine and Poland due to co-host the event in 2012.

Portugal were sole hosts in 2004 although UEFA have admitted that increasing the number of finalists to 24 teams will limit the number of countries who could host the tournament on their own in the future.