England is still stung by the scandals over the 2018 and 2022 World Cup bidding, but still could join the competition to host the 2026 tournament.
At least that’s the statement from FA chairman Greg Dyke, who says the FA would need to know the government and populace backed the decision.
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Canada, Mexico and Columbia have all confirmed their interest in hosting the event, while Kazakhstan, Morocco and the United States are also said to be considering bids.
Here’s what Dyke said, hedging his words very carefully and calling England “badly scarred” by the FIFA scandal.
“To make a bid you’ve got to get whoever is the government onside, and we don’t know who that is yet because they have to underwrite it.
“And certainly in the current government you wouldn’t have got them onside because they were so badly scarred last time.
“In the future if the government is onside, if David Gill says ‘I think this is a straight and fair process’ then obviously the FA board will look at it again but that doesn’t mean to say we’ll bid.
“Also, there’s a lot of money involved so if you haven’t got a chance don’t do it.”
“All of us would love to have another World Cup. We would love it. But there’s no point if you haven’t got a chance and you’ve got to recognise that early on.”
If England won the rights, it would be three-straight tournaments in Europe or Asia since Brazil 2014. But they can’t win the rights if they don’t bid. Do you think England “has the appetite” for another bid?