LONDON - England countered criticism that their 2018 World Cup bid lacked "stardust" by presenting a squad of past and present overseas players as international ambassadors yesterday.
The list included Ivory Coast defender Kolo Toure, Paraguay's Roque Santa Cruz, Nigeria's Nwankwo Kanu, Argentina's 1978 World Cup winners Osvaldo Ardiles and Ricardo Villa, Italy's Gianfranco Zola and South Africa's Lucas Radebe.
England players like David Beckham, Wayne Rooney and former greats Gary Lineker and Alan Shearer have already given the bid their backing.
Concacaf president and Fifa executive member Jack Warner said on Wednesday that England's bid needed to exploit its heavyweight support and push players like Beckham to the forefront. "Some of the guys who have to vote do not know the people on the England bid committee, but they know Beckham, they know Michael Owen," he said.
FA chairman Lord Triesman said England were not favourites for 2018 and had to work very hard. - Reuters