England crash out of World Cup bidding in first round

England missed out on the right to host the 2018 World Cup after football’s governing body Fifa picked Russia to stage the event for the first time.

Russia saw off rival bids from England, Spain-Portugal and Netherlands-Belgium to win a secret ballot of Fifa’s 22 executive members in Zurich.

England hoped Prince William, David Cameron and David Beckham would give them an advantage but the bid failed as England went out in the very first round of voting.

Meanwhile, Qatar was chosen to host the 2022 World Cup.

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