Cameron to visit Zurich for last-ditch 2018 football WC bid lobbying

Friday, November 12, 2010

LONDON - British Prime Minister David Cameron will travel to Switzerland next month to engage in a last-minute lobbying drive to secure the 2018 football World Cup for England.

According to the Mirror, Cameron along with Prince William and David Beckham will travel to Zurich for the final presentation.

He is hoping to speak to members of FIFA’s executive committee as they prepare to cast their votes to select the hosts of the 2018 and 2022 World Cups.

The 24-member committee would vote to decide the destination of the World Cups on December 2 in Zurich.

“The Prime Minister wants to give the strongest possible support for what he thinks is an excellent bid,” a Downing Street spokesman said.

Cameron has also met FIFA Vice-President Chung Mong-joon during his visit to South Korea for the G20 summit.

He has used the gathering to lobby fellow government leaders on behalf of the England bid, and told Mong-joon that England was well-placed to host a very successful World Cup.

England and Russia are competing for the 2018 World Cup along with joint bids by Belgium-Holland and Spain-Portugal.

The U.S. is bidding for 2022 with Australia, Japan, South Korea and Qatar. (ANI)

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