THE FOOTBALL ASSOCIATION OF IRELAND have confirmed their interest in staging a joint bid to host the 2020 European Championships with both Scotland and Wales.
In a statement issued on Tuesday afternoon, the FAI revealed that they will join forces with their British counterparts in exploring a bid.
However, a decision on the destination of the tournament in eight years’ time will not be taken until late 2013.
“The Football Association of Ireland has confirmed that it will join the Scottish FA and the Welsh FA in putting forward an expression of interest to host UEFA EURO 2020,” read the statement.
“The expression of interest is preliminary after the principal was discussed and is being put forward by the three Associations so that the opportunity can be explored in more detail.
“At this stage no bids would be expected or required by UEFA for at least eighteen months.”
The FAI also stated that they would not be giving a great deal of thought to a bid “this close to the Euros,” with Giovanni Trappatoni and his squad due to fly out to their training base in Tuscany on Sunday, May 27.