It is the result that will football fans from across the world, at around 3pm today, the result of which nation will host the 2018 World Cup will be announced at Fifa’s headquarters in Zurich. Follow every move here today live on BTN.
Hopes are high that, after frantic 11th-hour lobbying from the “Three Lions” of David Cameron, Prince William and David Beckham, England could repeat the same success of the 2012 Olympics bid for London.
Insiders suggested those hopes were boosted yesterday by the Russian president’s decision to stay away from the discussions and one bookmaker went as far as to put England last-minute 11-10 favourites.
Vladimir Putin, whose country was the early favourite to win, described the lobbying as “an obvious campaign… unleashed against members of the FIFA executive committee”.