Beckenbauer backs England

Beckenbauer backs England
By Eurosport

28/01/2007 at 11:43Updated

German legend Franz Beckenbauer has backed England to host the 2018 World Cup. Beckenbauer has recently been voted on to the FIFA executive committee as a UEFA representative.

And the 61-year-old insists England has can make the 2018 competition a huge success.

He told the News of the World: "I am 100 per cent behind any English bid.

"England has everything - the best stadiums, the best crowds, the infrastructure. It's a perfect country to host the World Cup."

The competition looks certain to be held in Europe under FIFA's rotation system which sees the 2010 tournament held in South Africa and the 2014 event going to South America.

"The only country I see with an obvious chance is England. Who else can bid from Europe? France has already staged it in 1998 and Italy do not have the infrastructure.

"England competed with us [the 2006 German bid] and lost, but they always have confidence."