Prince William Campaigns for England’s 2018 World Cup Bid

  November 30, 2010 at 9:39 pm by

Prince William is in Zurich, Switzerland where he is pushing for England’s bid to host the 2018 FIFA World Cup. As President of the Football Association, he joined Prime Minister David Cameron and football star David Beckham for the campaign.

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“If we are successful, I know you will join me in welcoming back to our shores the greatest show on earth,” William said in a message to English football fans.

England is in competition with Russia, Spain-Portugal and Netherlands-Belgium for perhaps the biggest sport event in the world.

William added: “Football is in the lifeblood of this nation. From local playing fields up and down the land, right up to Wembley itself, English people live and breathe the game.

“It unites us in a way that reaches far beyond club rivalry and allegiance.

“England’s passion for its national game is legendary, and would ensure that a Fifa World Cup here would be an unforgettable experience for football fans everywhere.

“Our defining ambition is that 2018 must inspire young people the world over to play football and benefit from all that this great sport offers – team spirit, health, a focus in life, the values of sportsmanship and fair play and, above all, just the sheer thrill and excitement of playing the game.

“This would be our legacy. That is why I want so desperately for the Fifa World Cup to come here.”

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