ENGLAND REVEAL BID STADIUMS FOR UNDER-21 EURO 2013

England appear to be interested in more than just hosting a World Cup after they announced the six stadiums part of their Under-21 European Championships bid for 2013.

Five of the venues are usually home to Football League clubs but the final would be held at Wembley Stadium if England were successful in their bid.

The bid team plans to use stadiums of Nottingham Forest, Notts County, Derby County, Shrewsbury and Chesterfield, as well as Wembley Stadium.

League 2 clubs Shrewsbury Town and Chesterfield have both recently moved into new grounds and the Shrews Greenhous Meadow has already hosted both England under-19 and women's internationals.

Shrewsbury General Manager Jon Harris is relishing the chance to show off his club's assets, as he told BBC Radio Shropshire: "Just imagine: the cream of Holland, Italy, Spain and, of course, England playing here at Shrewsbury."

"This opportunity isn't just good news for local football fans - it would also mean thousands of tourists coming to Shrewsbury and to Shropshire."

The recently opened £13million b2net Stadium has also been selected as one of the tournament’s potential stadiums.

Chesterfield FC chief executive Carol Wilby said: "Along with the FA we have been delighted to welcome the delegates from UEFA, as part of their week-long technical inspection visit to assess England’s bid to host the UEFA 2013 Under-21 European Championship Finals."

She added: "The chance to host European football at the b2net Stadium is not only a very exciting proposition for the football club but it will also be a real boost to Chesterfield and North Derbyshire."

During the visit The FA, along with its host cities, aims to demonstrate a commitment to UEFA that it can create and offer an unrivalled platform for the 2013 UEFA European Championship Finals, and provide a memorable tournament for players, fans, and local communities.

Three other nations are also bidding for the honour to host the Finals, including Israel, Bulgaria and Czech Republic.

The final decision where the Finals will be held will be made in December.

Posted on 19/10/2010