FA chairman Lord Triesman says the Football Association welcomes advice from Fifa vice-president Jack Warner regarding their World Cup bid.
Warner has warned the FA that England did not have a ‘divine right’ to be awarded hosting rights for the 2018 finals and has called upon the bidding team to increase awareness of their bid.
Lord Triesman insists they were wary of repeating the mistakes they made when bidding to host the finals in 2006.
“We always take what Jack has to say seriously, he is a serious world figure,” Lord Triesman told Sky Sports News.
“His advice has, I think, been very interesting. Early on he quite rightly advised me, and I agreed with him, that we shouldn’t do it like the 2006 bid, which was rush around and be in everyone’s face and be arrogant.
“We have been going round relatively quietly, listening to people and it makes it a quieter process. We have learned a lot.
“He was great when he spoke of the assets we have got – we have got great stadiums, terrific fans and an amazing history.
“We have understood by talking to people from around the world, by listening, how we can use those assets to the greatest effect. That’s useful, to hear good advice and use it in a good spirit.
“I think we’ve gone around and done what we needed to do. We haven’t gone around arrogantly after being advised that we shouldn’t.
“We haven’t told anyone that we have a God-given right to be given this. I have always side that we will only get it by earning it.
“We ought to have some credit for going around and finding out what people want. If you are going to earn something you need to understand what people want to view.”
Lord Triesman insists he is unconcerned by Warner’s remarks, claiming that constructive criticism could actually help England’s cause.
“Jack’s an outspoken guy,” he added.
“I don’t think he would be the figure he is if he didn’t have that kind of zest and didn’t use these opportunities to speak. I will never knock anyone for expressing their view.
“I’m not furious. Hearing that we may now have got to the point, which we thought we would in the autumn, that we have to be a bit more forceful, if we didn’t listen to that advice it would be silly. It’s good news, not bad news.”