Fingers and toes crossed.
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England’s hopes of staging the World Cup in 2018 are rapidly improving with the bid suddenly on the up and up in this rollercoaster campaign.
The big fear haunting England 2018 for months – that Panorama’s corruption allegations against four of the voting FIFA ExCo members would fatally damage the bid – has been largely quashed.
This follows two of the quartet, Jack Warner and Issa Hayatou, whose votes England were targeting, making positive statements after meeting Prime Minister David Cameron and hinting that the Panorama programme will not affect their decisions.
And in contrast to England’s Three Lions – Prince William, Cameron and David Beckham – who are hard at work here lobbying voters, there are strong doubts whether Russia’s trump card, Prime Minister Vladmir Putin, will even travel to Switzerland.
A Kremlin spokesperson said Putin has other political commitments this week in the Russian city of Kaliningrad. But if he does not show in Zurich then the Russia camp, which looked downbeat yesterday, know they will not win. (Daily Mail)
This is getting exciting! It appears that England’s hopes of winning the race to host the 2018 World Cup have increased somewhat following some incessant schmoozing by Messrs Beckham, Cameron and Prince William. Bookmakers made Russia strong favourites yesterday, with the joint Spain/Portugal bid even edging England for second spot but this morning things look brighter.
Many bookies have shortened the odds of a successful England bid and a groundswell of opinion appears to have shifted overnight leaving the country cautiously optimistic of a thumbs up tomorrow from Sepp Blatter and his FIFA Committee.
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