England's World Cup bid ends in humiliation

England’s bid to host the 2018 World Cup ended in humiliation in Zurich this afternoon with the tournament instead being awarded to Russia.

Afterwards it emerged that the English bid had received just two votes which meant that it was eliminated in the first round of voting.

The result will be a hammer blow for the Football Association which spent £15m on the bid and flew in David Cameron, David Beckham and Prince William to press the flesh and take part in this morning’s final presentation.

Russia’s bid had been backed by FIFA president Sepp Blatter and was victorious in the second round of voting collecting thirteen votes to Spain and Portugal’s seven.

The Russian sports minister Vitaly Mutko was delighted by the news: ‘We can promise you a World Cup you will never forget. Let us make history together.’

Despite the fallout from a recent Sunday Times investigation as well as Monday’s Panorama documentary on the BBC into alleged corruption of FIFA executive committee members, the England bid team seemed relatively confident of success this morning.

However, it appears that the votes from the Jack Warner controlled Concacaf governing body, which were expected to back the English bid, were switched to Russia.

2018 Voting breakdown: First round England 2, Holland/Belgium 4, Spain/Portugal 7 votes, Russia 9 votes. Second round Holland/Belgium 2, Spain/Portugal 7, Russia 13

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