England 2018 figures miss key meeting

first_imgMonday 23 August 2010 7:55 pm Show Comments ▼ England 2018 figures miss key meeting whatsapp Read This Next’A Quiet Place Part II’ Sets Pandemic Record in Debut WeekendFamily ProofHiking Gadgets: Amazon Deals Perfect For Your Next AdventureFamily ProofIndian Spiced Vegetable Nuggets: Recipes Worth CookingFamily ProofAmazon roars for MGM’s lion, paying $8.45 billion for studio behind JamesFamily ProofYoga for Beginners: 3 Different Types of Yoga You Should TryFamily ProofBack on the Rails for Summer New York to New Orleans, Savannah and MiamiFamily ProofTortilla Mango Cups: Recipes Worth CookingFamily ProofWhat to Know About ‘Loki’ Ahead of Disney+ Premier on June 9Family ProofCheese Crostini: Delicious Recipes Worth CookingFamily Proof Tags: NULL THE ENGLAND team largely failed to turn up during the World Cup and now the team behind the country’s bid to host the 2018 finals followed suit, with a host of central players failing to show up for a key meeting.An envoy from governing body Fifa, fronted by the president of the Chilean football federation Harold Mayne-Nicholls, flew into London yesterday to inspect sites in London, Manchester, Sunderland and Newcastle.But Prime Minister David Cameron chose to remain on holiday, and David Beckham and Prince William, both ambassadors of the national team, decided to stay away.Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg, holding the fort in Cameron’s absence, welcomed the envoy to Downing Street, telling them: “I believe this is an exceptionally strong, unbeatable bid. We in this government believe in it, we hope that you will believe in it.“The excitement and passion behind this bid is huge. There are few nations that can claim the passion we in England have for football.”Also present for the meeting was culture secretary Jeremy Hunt and sports minister Hugh Robertson. The six-man Fifa team also met England manager Fabio Capello before embarking on the four-day inspection.The greeting was in stark contrast to the one received by Fifa in Russia, which is the favourite country to win the bid to host the 2018 finals, where the envoy was greeted by Prime Minister Vladimir Putin. KCS-content whatsapp Sharelast_img