A six-man FIFA inspection team has begun a four-day visit to assess England’s World Cup bid.

The team will meet deputy prime minister, Nick Clegg MP and England manager Fabio Capello, amongst other high profile bid delegates.

England 2018, Chief Executive, Andy Anson, said: "We are delighted to welcome Harold Mayne-Nicholls and his FIFA Inspection team to Wembley Stadium on the first day of their visit.

"We are looking forward to bringing our proposals to life by providing the inspectors with opportunities to experience some of our facilities first-hand and to take part in a range of presentations involving football people, from greats of the game through to community coaches and volunteers.

"We believe our Bid Book represents a strong proposal to FIFA that will focus on what it can do for football all over the world."

Wembley Stadium will be the first football venue visited by FIFA inspectors. The team will be given a tour of the stadium, before watching a community coaching session alongside England manager, Fabio Capello, on the pitch.

Posted on 23/08/2010