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FA: England could bid for 2030 World Cup after Gianni Infantino's election

Football Association chairman Greg Dyke predicted the election of Gianni Infantino as FIFA president could trigger an English bid for the 2030 World Cup.

The FA backed the winning candidate on Friday, and Dyke welcomed Infantino's election after a "terrible few years" for FIFA.

"It's been a corrupted organisation for a very long period of time," Dyke told Sky News. "There's a big job to be done. But at least we've got a reform programme and at least we've got a president in whom we can trust.

"[Infantino is] very competent, very organised, very together. Not a showman, but good fun. He has got a lot of qualities and it will be very good for FIFA."

Greg Dyke says Gianni Infantino's election as FIFA president could spur an England bid to host the 2030 World Cup.

Dyke confirmed the FA, which emphatically lost out to Russia in voting for the 2018 tournament, may be tempted to bid for the World Cup now that FIFA has a new leader.

He said: "The reason we wouldn't deal with a Blatter FIFA is because we didn't think we'd win. And there was so much bad blood from the last time we tried -- at Government level as well as at the FA level. It was almost impossible to deal with him. This is a new day, a new dawn. I think we will certainly try to win some tournaments.

"[The World Cup in] 2026 will go to North America, but we will maybe go for 2030."

It will be a future FA chairman who pushes forward with that plan, as Dyke leaves the association this summer. 

Infantino will no longer be FIFA president in 2030 after new reforms passed on Friday limited his term to a maximum of 12 years. But he could still be in charge when the hosting votes occur.

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