David Beckham has delivered a 1,752-page book to FIFA in support England’s bid to host the 2018 World Cup finals.
Competition to host the tournament is fierce and FIFA will come to a decision after considering all bids on 2nd December, with England putting an offer for 2022 as a back-up option.
The other countries hoping to host the 2018 competition are Australia, Russia and the United States, while there are joint bids from Belgium and Holland and Spain and Portugal.
“It’ll be special because obviously we’ve not had it for a number of years and we have got one of the biggest leagues and won of the best leagues in the world in our country,” Beckham said of the bid.
“The diversity of culture that runs through our country, there’s not many countries and teams that can turn up in most places in our country and have support from their home fans.
“So the excitement is there for everybody to see and of course the passion will always be there.”
England’s bid has in the past been criticised for being arrogant, and Beckham insists there are no guarantees.
He added: “There’s still hard work to be done. We’re not arrogant enough to just think that we’re going to get given the 2018 World Cup.
“But we’re going to work hard, we’re going to do our best and fingers crossed we prove to people that we have got the passion and it will be right to host that World Cup in our country.
“I think every nation that’s involved in the bid has a chance. We know it’s a competition, we’re English so we’re very passionate and we like a competition, we like to win.
“We know that there’s many other nations that are very high in the pecking order of getting this World Cup.”