Fifa president Sepp Blatter has claimed English football holds a grudge against him because of the failed bid
to host the 2018 World Cup.
Despite the support of Prince William and Prime Minister David Cameron, England lost out to Russia.
"They thought that football should have come home, [that] the World Cup was theirs by right," said Blatter.
"They got two votes. Since then, they have looked for every means to justify their defeat."
“The English have lost power and, most recently, the 2018 World Cup ”
Speaking to Swiss newspaper
Blatter added: "In the 1960s and 70s, the great sporting federations were in the main British. It's no longer the case.
"The English have lost power and, most recently, the 2018 World Cup.
"They were very keen, more than for the Olympics.
"When they came with [former Manchester United midfielder and England international] David Beckham, Prince William and Prime Minister Cameron, they were certain of winning."
Blatter has had a frosty relationship with the Football Association in recent years.
When England were bidding for the 2006 World Cup, Blatter persuaded the FA to back his re-election.
Germany and South Africa ended up as the serious contenders, with the former winning the bid and the latter going on to win the right to host the 2010 tournament.
Blatter apologises for racism comments
Blatter, 75, has faced criticism over the past year for his handling of the accusations of corruption in Fifa
. The FA decided to
but was re-elected for a fourth term in June abstain from the vote in light of the allegations.
Meanwhile, Blatter caused outrage and faced calls to step down when
he said football does not have a problem with racism on the field
and that any incidents should be settled by a handshake.
The Swiss later told the BBC that
he was sorry for causing offence.