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England could bid for 2030 World Cup, FA chairman Greg Dyke confirms

Chairman Greg Dyke has reiterated the Football Association's desire to host the 2030 World Cup finals after Sepp Blatter's departure from FIFA.

FIFA began a new era on Friday when Gianni Infantino was elected as Blatter's successor as president of world football's governing body.

England had campaigned to stage the 2018 finals, which were ultimately awarded to Russia as part of the process which also saw Qatar surprisingly selected as hosts four years later.

Dyke said ahead of Friday's election that England could bid for the finals again, and he has now confirmed that to BBC Radio 5 Live's Sportsweek show.

"We haven't bid for any FIFA tournaments of late, largely because we didn't trust the system following the bids of 2018 and 2022," Dyke said.

"That was a decision we took, but it was also a decision that the Government made it very clear they didn't want us to bid while Mr Blatter was there.

Greg Dyke will leave his role as FA chairman in the summer.

"Now he's gone, if we think it's a fair system and England wants to bid for men's, for women's etcetera, then we should just go ahead and bid.

"That wasn't our principal reason for supporting change, but I do think if the opportunity comes, we should bid for it, yes."

Asked if 2030 was a possibility, Dyke added: "There are a couple of men's tournaments coming up around that time, which are the Euros in 2028 and the World Cup in 2030 and I don't suppose you could have both, so we will have to make a decision which we wish to bid for and what are our chances.

"As long as it's being done openly and fairly -- unlike what happened last time -- then we as a country should decide whether or not we want to go for it."

The FA supported UEFA general secretary Infantino in his bid for the FIFA presidency with Dyke describing the Swiss as "straight."

He is now hoping the new man can lead the organisation out of the scandal in which it has become engulfed, although he admits the process could take years.

Dyke said: "This is a chance, this isn't the end of the whole affair. The investigations are going to go on for years, but hopefully they are investigations into the past.

"Hopefully a new leader plus a reform programme can actually make it tougher to see the sort of antics we have seen in recent years."

In particular, Dyke wants to see greater transparency with the federation's finances to eradicate the kind of situation which saw Blatter sanction a €5 million loan, which was later to written off, to the Football Association of Ireland in a bid to head off legal action over Thierry Henry's infamous World Cup play-off handball.

He said: "If you have got someone like Gianni, you have got more chance of that being done properly -- it's certainly done properly in UEFA -- so that you know where the money is being spent because we all want more money to go to countries around the world where you need money to develop football, and some countries need it more than others.

"But what you want to make sure is the money is being spent properly and isn't being used for some of the things we have seen in recent years.

"You have got to have a different group of professionals making sure where the money is going, that you can't, as Mr Blatter did, walk into a meeting with the Irish and just give them €5m because they were upset. You can't do that -- and that nobody ever accounted for it."


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