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Despite England putting in a competitive bid, Russia have been appointed as hosts for the 2018 FIFA World Cup.
“I, like the whole country, am obviously hugely disappointed with FIFA’s decision,” said Jeremy Hunt Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport.
“England’s 2018 team put together a fantastic bid and we can honestly say there is nothing more that we could have done. I congratulate Russia on being selected and wish them luck for hosting the tournament.”