FIFA lifts hopes of England hosting 2018
England's hopes of hosting the 2018 World Cup could be boosted if FIFA decide to scrap their policy of rotating the tournament between different continents. That rule would have prevented Europe from being the venue for the finals in 11 years' time after Germany hosted last summer's showpiece. But, perhaps as soon as October, world football's governing body are expected to abandon their rotation policy, instead insisting that only two tournaments must pass before it can return to a continent. With South Africa and an as-yet-undecided South American country in line to host the next two finals, that would leave Europe, and England, free to bid for 2018. And former Sports Minister Richard Caborn, now the Government's World Cup ambassador, claimed an English campaign could be launched next year if FIFA change their policy. 'If confirmed, this could well clear the way for a government-supported Football Association bid for the 2018 World Cup early in the new year,' he told the Daily Telegraph. 'Competition is bound to be fierce. However, the experience gained in London's successful 2012 Olympic bid will be put to good use.' Australia, China and the USA are also thought to be considering bids for the 2018 tournament.