Even if the arena is not chosen as a match host, it could still be put forward as a training venue where its reduced 25,000-capacity would be ideal for countries such as Brazil who attract huge crowds to practice sessions.
All the stadia must have a minimum capacity of 40,000 so for cities such as Bristol, Milton Keynes, Hull and Portsmouth they would have to expand their current grounds or use the tournament as an opportunity to build a new one.
The 15 city groups who have registered their interest are: Birmingham, Bristol, Derby, Hull, Leeds, Leicester, Liverpool, London, Manchester, Milton Keynes, Newcastle/Gateshead, Nottingham, Portsmouth, Sheffield and Sunderland.
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