England ‘ready’ to host 2022 World Cup, insists Culture Secretary

first_imgCulture Secretary John Whittingdale insists England could host the 2022 World Cup finals.In the wake of Sepp Blatter’s resignation as president of FIFA amid allegations of corruption and bribery, question marks have been raised about the award of the tournament to the Arab nation.And Whittingdale claims England is ready to step in if asked to by FIFA should allegations the bid process for the Qatar tournament was corrupt are found to be true.Whittingdale backed Football Association chairman Greg Dyke’s observation that since the 2018 World Cup is being hosted by Russia, it may be unlikely that another European nation would be granted the 2022 edition.But he said England “obviously” has the facilities to host the world’s biggest football tournament, last held in the country in 1966.During culture questions in the Commons, Mr Whittingdale said: “In terms of the decision to hold the 2022 World Cup in Qatar, that is obviously something which we are watching, but at the moment that decision stands.“If it were decided to change that, I think as the chairman of the English FA observed, if Russia hosts the World Cup in 2018 it does seem very unlikely that another European country would host it in 2022.“But obviously if FIFA came forward and asked us to consider hosting it, we have the facilities in this country and of course we did mount a very impressive, if unsuccessful bid to host the 2018 World Cup.” 1 Culture Secretary John Whittingdale insists England could host the 2022 World Cup finals last_img read more