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England 2018 would be a "great world cup" - PM

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The Prime Minister has spoken of his support for the England 2018 bid as FIFA chiefs prepare to meet in Zurich to decide who will host the World Cup

Speaking to BBC’s Football Focus alongside former England player Gary Lineker, Mr Cameron said the country had a “great case to make”.

The PM and Mr Lineker will be part of a delegation that will represent England in Switzerland next week.

The PM said:

I think it’s a very easy sell, because if you think about it we’ve got the stadia, we’ve got the fans, we’ve got a country that’s mad about football, it would be such a great world cup if we had it here. One of the ways to sell it to the world is, the world watches English football, the world comes and plays its football in England and so bringing the world cup to England is such a natural step.

Now we’ve got a real fight on our hands in Zurich, but I’m looking forward to it because I think we’ve got a great case to make.

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