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Prince William leads England World Cup presentation

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Prince William led England's 2018 World Cup presentation to FIFA on Thursday by telling members: "I love football, we English love football and it would be an honour for us to host the World Cup."

The prince, who was applauded by the 22-man executive committee before the presentation also stressed that England were committed to developing football internationally.

The presentation opened with Eddie Afekafe, a bid ambassador who works with Manchester City on their community programmes, explaining how football had changed his life, and William built on that, saying: "What Eddie represents is a credit to FIFA because it's your game that transformed his life."

He added: "England 2018 and FIFA together have the opportunity to create thousands of more opportunities for people like Eddie.

"It's a supremely powerful force for binding people together.

"I love football, we English love football - that's why it would be such an honour for us to host the 2018 World Cup.

"I also give you an assurance that England is committed to developing football internationally as a member of your football family."

William also referred to his forthcoming marriage to Kate Middleton, saying: "We can deliver extraordinary public occasions - I certainly hope as I'm planning quite a big one myself next year.

"It will be truly a FIFA World Cup for the world."

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