Metz ready for Euro 2016 after Nancy withdrawal

Metz is a candidate to host Euro 2016 finals matches after neighbours Nancy pulled out, the president of the city's Ligue 2 club said on Saturday.

"We've been candidates since day one. Our project is still available," Bernard Serin told French sports daily L'Equipe.

On Friday, Nancy was removed from the list of 11 Euro 2016 host venues after no agreement could be reached between the city and companies bidding to renovate the Marcel Picot stadium.

St Denis (Stade de France), Paris, Bordeaux, Marseille, Lyon, Lille, Nice, Lens, Saint-Etienne and Toulouse are set to host matches at the tournament, which will feature 24 teams for the first time.