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Sepp Blatter backs England World Cup hopes

Olympics have shown England's ability to host events says Fifa president

Sepp Blatter, the Fifa president, has said England could make the World Cup "very, very exceptional" if given the chance to host the tournament.

England's last bid to host the global showpiece ended in disappointment just over two years ago. Nevertheless, after the success of the London 2012 Olympics, Blatter told Sky Sports News. "If England organise a World Cup, they would make the best out of it, and they would make something very, very exceptional. It is the homeland of this beautiful game and through the Olympics they have shown the ability not only of organising the Olympics Games but how much football is appreciated and respected."