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The question 2018 World Cup bid

The government is considering launching a bid for England to host the 2018 World Cup. How do you rate England's chances?

July 2018: What a great summer for English football. England captain Wayne Rooney holds the World Cup aloft after scoring his two hundredth goal for his country. The manager, David Beckham, is carried on the shoulders of his son, Brooklyn - scorer of the winning goal from the penalty spot. All this, after the excitement of Grimsby Town beating York City on the last day of the season to win the Premiership. . . Nice things to dream about. Shame they will never happen.

David Rockliff, 50, consultant (and Grimsby Town supporter), Knaresborough If all goes well with the 2012 Olympics we will have a credible chance of hosting the 2018 World Cup. Of course our glorious victory in the 2006 World Cup will also help. . . 8-1 odds on. . .

Charles Brewerton, project engineer, Brighton & Hove City Council Hosting the World Cup would be great for England, but will our chances be marred by the poor management surrounding the decision to replace Wembley Stadium- By 2018 it could almost be forgotten - or will it?

Charis Fowler, 33, principal engineer, Derby A difficult one to answer as there are so many non-footballing things that could affect the answer. I think it all depends on which countries are on the judging panel and whether we have helped George Bush invade any of them recently.

Robert Pike, project manager, 43, Exeter We must win, as by then we will have some of the most amazing new stadia outside South Korea with Wembley, Arsenal, Manchester City and Manchester United and possibly even the Liverpool clubs in new grounds. Plus we have the most enthusiastic fans and with London 2012 will have shown the world we can host a major sporting event.

Andrew Powell, 42, project manager, Manchester The choice of venue for what will be the virtual World Cup will then probably be made for us by Bill Gates, saving us all the cost and trauma of making a bid and the consequent disruption to normal life whether the bid is successful or not. Or is a rugby enthusiast becoming too cynical?

Derek Goodchild, 58, assistant chief engineer, Southampton.

I think England has every chance of winning a bid to host the 2018 World Cup. Probably more chance than we have of winning the trophy itself in fact. After the Olympic success we might be on a bit of a roll so let's go for it.

I will be 54 when 2018 comes round so will probably not be in the running for the squad, sadly, but to make up for that personal setback, I look forward to plenty of work for the construction industry in making it all happen.

Andy Walker, 41, communications director, London, Middlesbrough fan If they use Seb Coe and the team which secured the Olympics, I would book tickets now for the final. As for England's chances of reaching the final. . . Well, that is another story.

David Nimmo Smith (55), Scottish exile, Henley on Thames

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