World Cup 2018

England 2018 "not in the running"

November 9, 2010
By Harry Harris, Football Correspondent
England's chances of landing the 2018 World Cup might be far worse than previously imagined with one senior FA figure warning: "It's now between Russia and Spain."

• Beckham to jet in to save bid

The most pessimistic appraisal from an influential FA figure comes at a time when there have been confessions that the bid has been "harmed" by the English media's investigations into FIFA corruption.

But it hasn't been appreciated just how bad that might be until ...

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