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England ready to abandon 2022 World Cup race

David Dein, the international president of the bid, said England’s announced should come as soon as the US confirms it is giving up its candidature for the 2018 as hinted last month.

“We are sure it won’t be long before the United States will withdraw from 2018 leaving themselves a run on 2022,” said Dein. “We are not really interested in 2022, consequently we will almost certainly withdraw from 2022, leaving us with a European battle.”

Even though the England bid has always said their primary goal was to stage the event in eight year’s time, FIFA rules for the race state all candidates for the 2018 edition are automatically entered for the 2022 dispute too, unless stated otherwise.

However, with every non-European bid but the US now focusing only on 2022 competition, it has become clear that the 2018 World Cup will be hosted by one of the European candidates (Belgium/Netherlands, England, Portugal/Spain and Russia) and that four Asian confederation members (Australia, South Korea, Japan and Qatar) plus the US are the contenders for the following edition.