The star-studded group has over 3,000 international limits, 450 international objectives and more than 70 looks at World Cup final tournaments involving them! That’s as powerful a bid as any could get! Read on for more…
The group is made up of diverse mix of notable foreign players who’ve made a huge effect on the English game, present England soccer celebrities, former legendary players, members of the England women’s team and agents of the England disabled teams. The overseas soccer celebrities backing England’s bid read like a who’s who of world class football, from Germany’s soccer shirt number 13, Michael Ballack, to Brazilian soccer uniform number 10, Robinho, including the likes of Ghana midfielder Michael Essien, Nigerian midfielder John Obi Mikel, Argentinean Ardiles and former England manager Sven-Goran Eriksson. The FA bid team feels these international figures will promote support for the bid all over the world by discussing their experiences of the English game.
German captain, Michael Ballack felt, “The atmosphere and competitive nature of English football has been a great experience, playing with and against the best players in the world.
Present England soccer stars David Beckham, Wayne Rooney, Rio Ferdinand, John Terry, Steven Gerrard are all part of the distinguished squad. And if that’s not enough, the biggest legends in English soccer have also pledged their support! There is Gary Lineker, Alan Shearer, Peter Shilton, Viv Anderson, Bryan Robson, David Seaman, Stuart Pearce, Peter Beardsley, Andrew Cole and John Barnes. The FA bid team explained the “Each ambassador will offer invaluable support to England 2018 at home and abroad in a variety of ways, including attendance of bid events and international matches, use of their image in promotional materials and meetings with key football stakeholders. The global reputation of the ambassadors will help positively showcase England 2018 internationally, as well as, continue to build public support for the World Cup bid in England.”
“I am convinced England would be a fabulous place for World Cup football. We love the game here and it plays a part in every town, village, city and street in England. It gives me great pleasure to provide support along with a number of great figures to help give our passionate fans the chance to see World Cup football in this country,” said former England captain, Alan Shearer. While the present captain of England’s group, John Terry described how, “England would be a fantastic home for the World Cup if we had the opportunity to stage the tournament in 2018. It has been great to see how much support the England 2018 World Cup bid has already received from people in the game. Important names in football have been coming forward to find out how they can help and our passionate fans can also make a real difference.”
The way things are going it would be surprising if England does not triumph in winning the bidding of hosting the next World Cup! But first, there’s the 2010 World Cup in South Africa to look forward to!