Former France skipper and coach Michel Platini has confirmed he will stand for the presidency of UEFA in next January’s elections.

French Football Federation (FFF) president Jean-Pierre Escalettes has written to UEFA to officially nominate him as a candidate.

Platini is a member of both the UEFA and FIFA executive committees.

Swede Lennart Johansson, 76, confirmed earlier this month he would be seeking re-election as president to the post he has held since 1990.

Former Germany captain and coach Franz Beckenbauer, the man who was head of the German World Cup organising committee, said last month he would only be interested in standing for election if Johansson retired.