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With the tournament set to take place in 13 cities across the continent England have set their stall out early by declaring interest in holding the curtain-raiser at Wembley

The Football Association will bid to stage the opening game of the 2020 European Championships at Wembley, general secretary Alex Horne has confirmed.

Rather than being held in one or two countries, the event in six years' time will be staged in 13 cities across a number of European nations. 

Horne confirmed the FA, who have already declared an interest in hosting the final at Wembley, are keen to stage the competition's curtain-raiser at the national stadium as well. 

"On the basis that someone needs to stand up, we have done it," Horne told The Times.

"It's a big game, the opening game. It would be great for London, for Wembley.

"I pushed it to UEFA, quietly at the moment, but we are going to make a play for it with our bid."

Formal bid dossiers will be submitted by prospective hosts ahead of the April 25 deadline, with evaluations and potential site visits carried out by UEFA between May and August this year.

UEFA's Executive Committee will then decide on locations in September 2014. 

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