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England goes for 2018 World Cup

The 2018 football World Cup final will be played in Wembley Stadium if England wins a bid to host the tournament.
A government feasibility study into hosting the 2018 World Cup, published today, says England could make a successful bid.'England has strong stadium infrastructure, with eleven existing stadiums at least partly compliant with FIFA's requirements,' the report says.FIFA is football's international governing body. The country's public transport infrastructure, tourist industry, and experience in managing security and policing around major events will strenghten a bid further, the report states. It says the Football Association must assess what work is required to ensure stadiums comply with FIFA regulations. Further study is also needed to look at the regional economic benefits of hosting the tournament, what additional burdens it would place on transport and policing, and the legacy the World Cup would leave.Chancellor Gordon Brown said: 'With the Olympics in London in 2012, hosting the World Cup in 2018 would make the next decade the greatest in Britain's sporting history. 'If the FA decide to launch a bid I would make it my personal mission over the next few years to persuade countries around the world to support that bid.'

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