Beckham urges support before World Cup inspection

London: David Beckham urged English football
fans today to show their support for the country`s bid for the
2018 or 2022 World Cup by getting involved in events aimed at
impressing a FIFA inspection team.

The LA Galaxy midfielder threw his weight behind "Back
the Bid Week", which will see a series of events held around
the country, and flags and banners put up at football grounds
to show the country`s desire to stage the tournament.

The delegation from FIFA arrives on Monday for the
four-day visit to assess England`s bid.

"The support we have had for the bid from the public over
the past year has been incredible," said the former Manchester
United and Real Madrid star.

"I`ve no doubt that fans from all over the country will
unite and show the FIFA inspection team the type of passion
and festival of football we could create if we staged the
world`s greatest sporting event."

"Back the Bid Week" gets under way on Thursday, with
events taking place in 12 cities across the country to boost
England`s chances of staging the World Cup for the first time
since 1966.

Beckham, who launched the bid in May 2009 and is vice
president of the team trying to bring the tournament here,
made the appeal after his international career was brought to
an abrupt end by England coach Fabio Capello last week.

The Italian was roundly criticised for using a TV
interview to tell the former captain that he was too old to
feature in the forthcoming Euro 2012 qualifiers.

Bureau Report