Beckham pride in World Cup task

David Beckham has spoken of the "amazing honour" he has been given as he prepares to deliver England's bid book to FIFA president Sepp Blatter on Friday.

The former England captain will travel to Zurich to hand over the document which the Football Association hope will bring the tournament to England in 2018.

The Los Angeles Galaxy midfielder, who will miss this summer's World Cup through injury, will be accompanied by Football Association and bid chairman Lord Triesman, bid chief executive Andy Anson and Britain's FIFA vice-president Geoff Thompson.

"Hopefully this year we will win the greatest prize in sport twice, by winning the World Cup on and off the pitch," said Beckham in an open letter.

"As a player nothing could possibly beat playing in front of your own fans in your own country at the World Cup and I hope our players of the future will be fortunate enough to experience this.

"The bid book contains all of the detail of how we would host the World Cup in either 2018 or 22.

"It shows how passionate we are as a nation for football, how our society is amongst the most diverse in the world with communities ready to welcome every team, how we already have fantastic stadiums, training grounds, transport and hotels which will enable us to stage a festival of football creating the most commercially successful World Cup ever."

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