Platini makes 2018 vow

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UEFA president Michel Platini will try to persuade FIFA next month to limit the 2018 World Cup candidates to European bids.

Platini believes the tournament should return to Europe every third time, and will attempt to get FIFA's executive committee to agree to 2018 being a straight fight between the four European bidders, including England.

Platini told PA Sport: "If FIFA decides that it is in Europe it is not a problem, because then everyone will vote for a European bid but we have to know the rules of FIFA first."

Russia plus joint bids from Spain/Portugal and Holland/Belgium are the other three submissions from European nations.

Should FIFA not agree, then Platini revealed he may try to hold some sort of preliminary contest within Europe so that the candidates do not split the vote among the 24 members of FIFA's executive committee who will decide on the hosts in December next year.

Platini added: "My job is to convince FIFA that 2018 should be in Europe because we have to come back to Europe every third time.

"If we get that then the four will fight for it.

"If there is no European decision perhaps we can find another decision or tactic with the UEFA executive committee."

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