David Beckham: England 2018 bid couldn’t have been better
David Beckham believes England “couldn’t have put a better bid together” after Fifa’s executive committee picked Russia to host the 2018 World Cup.
England’s bid was eliminated in the first round of voting after only two members of the executive committee chose England during the secret ballot, which took place at the home of Fifa in Zurich, before Russia secured the rights to host the tournament in the second round.
“We couldn’t have got a better bid together,” said Beckham. “Obviously we’re disappointed but we wish Qatar and Russia the very best because I’m sure they’ll make Fifa very proud.”
When asked if he would like to be involved in another England tournament bid in the future, Beckham added: “Yes, I think so. Obviously it would be great to bring the World Cup to our country because we haven’t had it for many years. It’s a process I’ve enjoyed but it’s very disappointing.”
Alan Shearer echoed Beckham’s reaction and said the result was a shock to the bid team who were in confident mood after their final presentation to Fifa this morning.
“It’s very tough,” said Shearer. “I don’t know what to say. We were all so confident this morning, particularly with the presentations. They were absolutely magnificent.
“I really don’t think we couldn’t do any more. It just make you wonder, if we haven’t got this World Cup then when will we get one? I haven’t seen one in England in my lifetime.”
Meanwhile, Gary Lineker revealed his disappointment at the bid being eliminated in the first round of voting.
“I believe we went out in the first round which was always the danger,” said Lineker. “We always thought if we could get through that we’d have a really good chance.
The former England striker added: “It was always going to be hugely competitive, I just wish it was us.”