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The England 2018 campaign has recently stepped up a gear. 'Back The Bid' posters have cropped up on lampposts; overworked cephalopod Paul has been pressed into service, and the octopus predicted England will win the bid (lucky for him, he'd have been on his way to Billingsgate otherwise); and organisers have come up with a clanger of a catchphrase: "England United, The World Invited". Wearing your football colours to work tomorrow is the least you can do really, though District line commuters might not be best pleased when the inevitable dust-up between Millwall and West Ham firms kicks off.
England face competition from Russia, the USA, and joint bids from Belgium & the Netherlands and Spain & Portugal. The winner will be announced on December 2nd, one hundred days from tomorrow. Should England be successful, it's expected that three London stadia will be used in the tournament: Wembley, the Emirates, and either the Olympic stadium or Tottenham's proposed new ground.
Well-known football fan Boris Johnson, clutching the three lions to his bosom, said:
The boys might not have brought the World Cup home this summer but we're right on track to bring the tournament here in 2018. In one hundred days time we could all be World Cup winners and surely nowhere in the world could host a better World Cup Final than our great capital
Anybody who needs reminding of the Mayor's mercurial footballing talents should watch this video from a few years back, in which he demonstrates his ample understanding of the game by making a robust challenge on a German player during a charity event at Wembley. Chopper Harris would be proud.