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Prince William leads final World Cup bid presentation

Prince William today led England's 2018 World Cup presentation to FIFA by telling members: "I love football, we English love football and it would be an honour for us to host the World Cup."

Putin turns on England as 2018 race goes to wire

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Beckham the ideal salesman smooths away English troubles

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