The Football Association is bidding to bring the opening game of Euro 2020 to Wembley.
It was already known that the FA was keen to bring the final to England's national football stadium, but the first match also carries high prestige.
"On the basis that someone needs to stand up, we have done it," FA general secretary Alex 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."
The UEFA tournament will be staged in cities across Europe, rather than being held in one or two countries as has been the norm.
Istanbul has been widely viewed as the favourite to be awarded the final, with a decision on venues expected to be announced in September of this year.