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PM backs England's 2018 World Cup bid

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Prime Minister David Cameron has telephoned the FIFA president Sepp Blatter to back England's bid to host the World Cup in 2018.

The PM said the new government is “absolutely behind England’s 2018 bid”.

He spoke to the FIFA president ahead of England’s 2018 World Cup bid presentation in Zurich.

A Downing Street spokesman said:

The Prime Minister spoke to FIFA President Sepp Blatter yesterday afternoon, on the eve of England’s bid presentation for the 2018 World Cup.

The PM stressed the new government was absolutely behind England’s 2018 bid. He reminded Mr Blatter that football was the national sport and people in England were extremely passionate about football. He said that this country has great infrastructure and facilities and has a history of delivering great major sporting events like Euro 96; he said people in England were fully behind the bid.

The PM also passed on his best wishes for the World Cup in South Africa. Mr Blatter thanked the PM and congratulated him on his appointment.