The Football Association (FA) has announced that it intends to bid to host the 2021 UEFA European Women’s Championship.

The FA is hoping that hosting the championships will grow the women’s game and double the number of women taking part in the sport.

The association will now start the official bidding process later in the year, a move which will go some way to meeting a key ambition within its strategy, to stage a major international women’s tournament in this country.

The announcement comes after England’s 2017 European Women’s Championship semi-final match against the Netherlands on August 6 was watched by a peak audience of four million in the UK on Channel 4.

Martin Glenn, chief executive officer at the FA, said: “The Lionesses’ performances at the Euros this summer gave the country great pride.

“It also showed the significant impact that hosting a major European tournament can have on growing and developing women’s football.

“The KNVB and UEFA really raised the bar, hosting a fantastic tournament, and we hope and believe we could meet those standards.

“UEFA share our ambitions to grow the women’s game and we believe that together we can host a tournament that would celebrate women’s football as well as inspiring the next generation and creating lasting opportunities for all.”