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PM Cameron 'sad' to miss out and praises strength of World Cup bid

(L-R) England 2018 Bid Ambassador David Beckham, Prince William and British Prime Minister David Cameron during a reception at the Steigenberger hotel a day before the FIFA 2018 and 2022 World Cup Bid Announcement on December 1, 2010. (Photo by Anthony Devlin - Pool/Getty Images)

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December 02, 2010 (KATAKAMI / SKYSPORTS.COM) — Prime Minister David Cameron admits it is ‘desperately sad’ that England missed out on the chance to host the 2018 World Cup.

Cameron formed part of a strong bid team in Zurich this week and joined the likes of Prince William and David Beckham in pressing England’s case.

However, Fifa’s executive committee plumped for Russia as first-time hosts of the tournament, with reports claiming England crashed out in the first round of voting.

The Prime Minister said he was ‘bitterly disappointed’ that England’s bid had not won the vote, with Russia also beating the joint bids from Spain/Portugal and Holland/Belgium.


Russia's Deputy Prime Minister Igor Shuvalov (R) shakes hands with Britain's Prince William after the official announcement that Russia will host the 2018 World Cup on December 2, 2010 at the FIFA headquarters in Zurich. (Photo by SEBASTIAN DERUNGS/AFP/Getty Images)

Inspirational

Speaking after Fifa president Sepp Blatter had announced the decision, Cameron also paid tribute to the bid team, including an “inspirational” Beckham and Prince William, who he said “worked incredibly hard and spoke brilliantly” on behalf of England.

Cameron said England had the best technical bid and what he believed was the strongest commercial bid, but added: “It turns out that’s not enough.”

“It is desperately sad,” said Cameron. “There hasn’t been a World Cup in England in my lifetime.

“I was hoping we could change that, but not this time.” (*)

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Photostream : Russia, Qatar named to host World Cup finals

FIFA President Sepp Blatter holds up the name of Russia during the official announcement of the 2018 World Cup host country on December 2, 2010 at the FIFA headquarters in Zurich. England, Russia, Netherlands/Belgium and Spain/Portugal were all bidding to hold the 2018 World Cup. (Photo by PHILIPPE DESMAZES/AFP/Getty Images)

Russian Deputy Prime Minister Igor Shuvalov holds the World Cup trophy after the announcement of Russia hosting the soccer World Cup 2018 in Zurich, Switzerland, Thursday, Dec. 2, 2010. (Getty Images/ AP Photo/Michael Probst)

FIFA President Josef Blatter hands over the World Cup trophy to Russia's minister of Sports, Tourism and Youth Policy Vitaly Mutko (R) after the official announcement that Russia will host the 2018 World Cup on December 2, 2010 at the FIFA headquarters in Zurich. (Photo by PHILIPPE DESMAZES/AFP/Getty Images)

FIFA President Joseph Blatter announces Qatar to host the 2022 soccer World Cup in Zurich, Switzerland, Thursday, Dec.2, 2010. (Getty Images / AP Photo/Michael Probst)

FIFA President Joseph Blatter (R) hands over the World Cup trophy to the Emir of the State of Qatar Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa Al-Thani (C) and his wife Sheikha Moza bint Nasser Al-Missned (2R) after the official announcement that Qatar will host the 2022 World Cup on December 2, 2010 at the FIFA headquarters in Zurich. (Photo by SEBASTIAN DERUNGS/AFP/Getty Images)

Qatari journalists and fans react in the southern Yemeni port city of Aden December 2, 2010, after the announcement that Qatar will host the 2022 World Cup. Russia won the right to put on the 2018 World Cup and Qatar will stage the 2022 finals, both first-time hosts, FIFA president Sepp Blatter said on Thursday. (Getty Images / REUTERS/Khaled Abdullah )

FIFA President Joseph Blatter is flanked by Russian Deputy Prime Minister Igor Shuvalov, right, and Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa Al-Thani, Emir of Qatar, after the announcement that Russia will be the host country for the soccer World Cup 2018 and Qatar the host for the tournament in 2022 in Zurich, Switzerland, Thursday, Dec.2, 2010. Left is Russian national team player Andrei Arshavin. (Getty Images / AP Photo/Michael Probst)
 
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Russia and Qatar to host 2018 and 2022 World Cups

FILE : Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin (left) and Russian President Dmitry Medvedev

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December 02, 2010 (KATAKAMI / RIA NOVOSTI) — Russia has been selected to host the 2018 World Cup by the decision of the FIFA Executive Committee in Switzerland’s Zurich on Thursday.

Russia won the right to host the Cup in a tight race with bids from England, Portugal and Spain (jointly), and Belgium and the Netherlands (jointly).

Russia’s main selling points have been an appeal to FIFA’s sense of legacy and mission to take open new borders. Russia has never hosted a major football tournament. The team behind the Russian application has also stressed the massive state support for the bid.

Prime Minister Vladimir Putin’s decision not to travel to Zurich for the bid led to rumors that he was not sure Russia would win and did not wish to be associated with defeat. Russian officials have said however that there is no need for him to travel, as Russia was certain to win.

A Qatari man blows vuvuzela trumpets at Doha's traditional souk as people gather to follow FIFA's decision on who will host the 2022 World Cup on December 2, 2010. Qatar is bidding to host the event along with Japan, South Korea, Australia and the United States. (Photo by MARWAN NAAMANI/AFP/Getty Images)

Qatar to host 2022 FIFA World Cup Qatar will host the 2022 Wolrd Cup, the FIFA Executive Committee said during a ceremony in Switzerland’s Zurich on Thursday.

Qatar beat out rival bids from Australia, South Korea, the United States and Japan.  (*)

ZURICH, December 2

 
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