FIFA vice-president Jack Warner has annoucned his backing for England’s bid to stage the 2018 World Cup finals.
Warner has previously been critical of England’s role in football and last year said he would oppose England hosting the finals for the first time since 1966.
However, the CONCACAG President appears to have changed his mind.
“The time has come” for England to host another World Cup, he said in an interview with Sky Sports News.
“It is England’s time. The fact is they invented this sport. They last held the World Cup 42 years ago. That is almost two to three generations. There are guys in England who have never seen a World Cup on English soil.
“I am saying that the time has come for England to come into its own.”
Warner though, added that England were not popular among their European neighbours in UEFA.
“I have been critical of the FA,” he continued. “There seems to be some kind of situation where England was marginalised, but if England’s time is 2018 I would be happy for them. However from time to time, this is not the collective view in Europe.”
Warner is an influential figure within FIFA and is a close confidant of FIFA president Sepp Blatter.