Uefa has rejected a newspaper claim that it wants to revamp the European Championship to rival the World Cup.
European Championship history
- First event in 1960 had four teams in the finals - 17 entered
- Format of a four-team finals continued until 1976
- Competition was expanded to eight teams in 1980
- In 1996, when the tournament was held in England, 16 teams took part
- The 2000 finals were the first to be hosted by two countries - Netherlands and Belgium
- The 2016 finals will be hosted by France with 24 teams to participate
- Winners are presented with the Henri Delaunay Trophy, named in honour of the first general secretary of Uefa, whose brainchild the European Championship was
The Independent on Sunday
said the European governing body was considering expanding the tournament to include Brazil, Argentina, Mexico and Japan.
A spokesman said: "Uefa is not aware of the plans mentioned in the story."
United States and Mexico, of North and Central American federation Concacaf, have previously competed in the South American Copa America.
World governing body Fifa could regard a European Championship that recruits nations from outside the continent as a threat to the World Cup, its biggest source of income.
Euro 2016, hosted in France, is set to expand to 24 teams from 16, while in 2020 the tournament will be played across some of Europe's major cities rather than in one country.
Fifa president Sepp Blatter said that move could mean the European tournament "lacks heart and soul".