An England 2018 delegation including Chief Executive, Andy Anson and three special guests headed to Zurich today with FIFA's official copy of the ‘Bid Book'.
The Bid Book will be handed over to FIFA President Sepp Blatter at FIFA House at 9.45am local time on Friday 14th May by an England 2018 party led by Vice-President David Beckham, who is joining up with the team in Switzerland.
The three special guests are Nothemba Bambiso, from Cape Town, South Africa; Eddie Afekafe from Manchester; and Somalian-born Kadra Ege from London.
They are all feature in the Bid Book as examples of the positive impact football can have on individuals and communities. Each of them has benefitted from legacy schemes supported by the English football family such as the Football Association, Premier League and Football Foundation, which would be vastly expanded should England win the right to host the FIFA World Cup.
The Bid Book was given VIP treatment by British Airways, the official airline of the Bid, as it jetted out to Zurich in an England 2018 branded Airbus A319 aircraft sporting a giant black and white football on its nose.
Tottenham Hotspur's proposed new stadium has been included in the Bid Book as a potential venue to host matches if England's bid to host the World Cup is successful.
Spurs striker and 2018 Ambassador, Peter Crouch, says:
"I remember the last major tournament we staged, Euro 96, I was 15 at the time, a kid in the Spurs academy, and there was an unbelievable passion across the country. For England to host the FIFA World Cup would be fantastic and we're delighted to be playing our part."
England 2018 Chief Executive, Andy Anson, said:
"We are committed to producing a World Cup that would be good for football at home and around the world and believe that is reflected in our Bid Book. We want to use the global reach of English football and build on the work that has been done by schemes such as The FA's International Development Programme and Kickz.
"Over the past decade, the English football family has staged football and social development courses in more than 90 countries around the world. It is significant that Nothemba, Kadra and Eddie are part of the team that hands over the Bid Book to FIFA President Sepp Blatter as they exemplify the positive affect football can have on individuals. Every day, each of these individuals is using football for good in their community."
"We believe English football can work with FIFA and its member nations around the globe to use a World Cup to deliver an incredible legacy. We are looking forward to discussing our plans in more detail after Friday's handover and hopefully earning the right to stage the 2018 World Cup and put them into practice."
The Bid Book represents England 2018's formal proposal to FIFA and sets out the country's vision for the FIFA World Cup. It is 1700 pages long and covers 20 technical criteria outlined by FIFA including stadia; transport; security; football and social development; and marketing. The document was developed under the supervision of England 2018 Chief Executive, Andy Anson and Technical Director, Ian Riley.