FIFA unimpressed with England bid

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England does not have a divine right to host the World Cup and its bid for the 2018 competition has not wowed anyone yet, FIFA vice president Jack Warner said on Wednesday.

Mr Warner said there was "something wrong" with the bid and England had not yet given the judges "the raison d'etre" to support it.

"If I were an Englishman today, I would not be happy at the progress that has been made to date. I don't think they have progressed as far as I would have liked," Warner told Sky News.

"You name it, England have it. But yet they haven't been able to wow the guys who have to vote for them, then there is something wrong.

"England, in the eyes of my colleagues and me, does not have a divine right to host the World Cup."

He said England had the best Premier League in the world, the best football tradition in the world, the best football stadia in the world, and star players.

But he added: "If I had all these things, I am telling you, any country that wanted a World Cup bid would be far, far behind me. I don't know why this is not so in England."

He said FA chairman Lord Triesman, who is leading the bid, needed to step up and "be more visible".

Mr Warner added he will meet both Lord Triesman and Premier League chairman Sir David Richards within the next 24 hours and plans to tell them their shortcomings "in broad terms and in an open and candid way".

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