England

North East stadiums on show in World Cup bid

Fifa inspectors have toured facilities at Sunderland and Newcastle football grounds as part of England's bid to host the 2018 World Cup.

The delegation arrived in the north-east of England on Tuesday as part of their four-day visit to England.

They visited St James' Park and the Stadium of Light to inspect facilities before writing a report on England's bid to host the event.

Sunderland and Newcastle have been named as Candidate Host Cities.

The six-man Fifa team has already visited London and will also go to Manchester.

Legacy left

The hosts for the 2018 World Cup will be announced on 2 December. Russia are thought to be one of England's strongest rivals for the event.

Sunderland's chairman Niall Quinn said: "An important part of our bid is the young people and the legacy that will be left for them.

"We wanted the delegation to understand that we are not just a stadium that opens on match days."

At Newcastle's St James' Park, former player Peter Beardsley was part of a welcoming committee.

He said: "It would be incredible if we get World Cup football here.

"This is my home city and I would be so proud if we could pull it off."

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