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Warner Says England 2018 World Cup Bid Doomed


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By Trevor Huggins

LONDON (Reuters) - FIFA vice-president Jack Warner believes England is so unpopular as a footballing nation that any bid to host the 2018 World Cup finals is doomed.

In a BBC World Service interview to be broadcast on Saturday, Warner dismissed England's chances if FIFA's rotation policy brought the finals to Europe in 11 years' time.

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"If by chance, in 2018, the World Cup were to go to Europe, I'm quite sure, with the English luck as it is, they won't get it," Warner was quoted as saying in Port of Spain, Trinidad.

"It'll be Italy, Spain, or it might even be France. Nobody in Europe likes England.

"England -- who invented the sport -- has never had any impact on world football. England at no time has had the love and support of Europe. For Europe, England is an irritant."

Warner is president of CONCACAF, which runs the game in north and central America, along with the Caribbean -- a zone which could produce its own bid for the 2018 finals.

The 2006 tournament was in Germany, 2010 will be held in South Africa and Brazil is expected to be the host nation in 2014. FIFA is currently reviewing its policy on rotation.

Aware that England has some support for a bid to host the World Cup for the first time since winning it in 1966, Warner said: "There are moves to give it to England. I must fight that.

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