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Culture Minister praises strength of England 2018 bid

Mon 29th Nov 2010 | Club & Country Competitions

As we enter the final three days until the decision as to who will host the World Cup in 2018/2022, culture minister Jeremy Hunt believes nothing more could have been done to promote England's bid to host the 2018 World Cup.

Speaking on BBC Radio 5 Lives’ Sportsweek programme, Hunt said; "Could we have made any more effort? I think the answer's no, but that doesn't mean we're going to win,"

"We must keep going until the last moment," he added.

England’s bid team head out to Zurich for the final days of lobbying and will be joined by Prime Minister David Cameron and Prince William who hope to make a last minute impression on the FIFA voting committee.

"What we want them to know is that we are most passionate country about football in the world - the week Prince William was engaged, he found time to go to a Blackpool game so that passion comes from top," he said.

"When David Cameron became prime minister in his first 24 hours he called [FIFA president] Sepp Blatter to say how keen we were to win 2018.

"I've spoken to nearly half the FIFA executive committee members, we want them to know how passionate we are that we're successful with 2018,” he continued.

"What we want them to understand is that we're not in any way arrogant and don't think we we're entitled to host it, even through we are the home of football," he stressed.

"We want to win this because we genuinely believe we can offer most to the game worldwide - there are more fans globally for Premier League teams than [for any other league], so an England 2018 World Cup would have a bigger reach than one hosted anywhere else, that's the message we want to get across."






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