England express their interest
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FIFA President Joseph S. Blatter and Secretary-General Jérôme Valcke welcomed a delegation from the FA, led by Lord Triesman, to the Home of FIFA on Wednesday 4 February 2009.

Although The FA had submitted their expression of interest form for hosting the 2018 and/or 2022 FIFA World Cups, they made the decision to travel to Zurich as a symbol of their intent.

Among the five-man/one-woman travelling party was England coach Fabio Capello, who was happy enough to pose in front of the FIFA World Cup Trophy, the prize he is coveting providing the Three Lions qualify for South Africa in 18 months time.

The Chairman of The FA, Lord Triesman said: "You must show you are able to stage such a competition and leave a legacy not only in England but across the World."

The FA have now returned to their offices at Wembley Stadium where they will be working hard to meet the next deadline; the submission of the bid registration form before Monday 16 March 2009.

The FIFA President was pleased to welcome the FA to the Home of FIFA, and said: "FIFA thanks the English FA for their interest in hosting the 2018 or 2022 FIFA World Cup. We consider their bid, and all the others we've received, a great sign of recognition for the tournament."