Plymouth selected as World Cup host city

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Derby, Leicester and Hull today missed out on selection as candidate host cities for England's 2018 World Cup bid.

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England 2018 deputy chairman Lord Mawhinney announced the successful candidates, which included Milton Keynes, Plymouth and several venues yet to be built.

But Pride Park, the Walkers Stadium and KC Stadium will not host games if England's bid to stage the tournament is successful.

Lord Mawhinney, the Football League chairman who headed the selection panel, told a news conference: "England's fortunate to have so many good stadia and I would like to congratulate all of the applicant host cities for the seven months of really hard work they have put in.

"We have chosen cities which present the lowest possible risk to FIFA and it's FIFA who will make the final decision.

"There will also be a lot of disappointed football fans around the country I understand that - and if I was a fan of theirs I would be just as disappointed."

Lord Mawhinney named 16 venues across 12 different cities, with four in London.

However, FIFA regulations state only three stadia can be used in any one city, with a decision to be made between the new White Hart Lane or Olympic Stadium.

White Hart Lane is one of the stadia yet to be built or redeveloped, with the others being Ashton Vale stadium in Bristol and Nottingham's Forest's new ground.

Mawhinney also revealed that Anfield or "new Anfield" would be used.

There had been fears that Liverpool would miss out but Mawhinney said either Anfield or a new Anfield would be a host stadium.

Mawhinney added: "It would have been very hard to envisage an impressive World Cup bid with host cities that did not include iconic Liverpool."

The stadia chosen for England's 2018 World Cup bid are as follows:

Sunderland - Stadium of Light

London - Wembley Stadium

Birmingham - Villa Park

Manchester - City of Manchester Stadium

Nottingham - the new Nottingham Forest stadium

London - Emirates Stadium

Leeds - Elland Road

Sheffield - Hillsborough

Newcastle/Gateshead - St James' Park

Bristol - the new Ashton Vale stadium

London - the new White Hart Lane or Olympic Stadium

Plymouth - Home Park

Manchester - Old Trafford

Liverpool - Anfield or new Anfield

Milton Keynes - Stadium MK

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