Triesman ready to promote English bid

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Football Association chairman Lord Triesman will emphasise England's stadia and cultural mix when the bid to host the World Cup is officially launched on Monday.

David Beckham and Prime Minister Gordon Brown are expected to kick off the bid for the 2018 or 2022 tournament at Wembley Stadium. Triesman, who is the bid chairman, will stress England's infrastructure and the economic benefits of hosting the World Cup.

Triesman will say: "We in England would be truly honoured to host the World Cup and welcome the world. A World Cup in England would be a truly memorable event - not only for our nation but for every nation."

He will add: "We have first-class grounds. We've got good transport links, domestically and internationally. We've got excellent accommodation.

"We'd extend a wonderful welcome to players and fans from across the world. Inside and outside our grounds, we'd share with them our love of the game and our sense of fair play.

"And they would enjoy our diverse culture - one that means England would provide a home-from-home welcome for every fan and player."

Beckham, a bid vice-president, is due to play a major role in the star-studded launch. There will be messages from the three main parties to underline cross-party support for the bid.

BBC presenter Adrian Chiles will be the compere for the event, which will be followed by a meeting for representatives from 15 cities who are all hoping to be hosts. The prospective hosts will be given an update on the requirements needed as well as the timings for the process to choose the cities.

The 15 cities are: Birmingham, Bristol, Derby, Hull, Leeds, Leicester, Liverpool, London, Manchester, Milton Keynes, Newcastle, Nottingham, Portsmouth, Sheffield and Sunderland.

FIFA's 24-man executive committee will vote on the hosts for both the 2018 and 2022 tournaments in December next year. Spain and Russia are England's main rivals in Europe, while the USA and Australia are also bidding.

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