The Football Association is considering putting England forward as a potential host for the 2030 World Cup.
The last major tournament played in England was the 1996 European Championship, 30 years after the country hosted its only World Cup.
Football Association chairman Greg Clarke says the governing body’s board has agreed to start work to see if a bid is feasible.
Meanwhile, former world number one Andy Murray took another big step in his comeback from hip surgery by beating fellow Briton Kyle Edmund in the second round of the Washington Open.
Three-time Grand Slam champion Murray beat British number one Edmund 7-6 (7-4) 1-6 6-4.
He will play Romania’s Marius Copil in the third round.