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London Mayor Boris Johnson heads World Cup bid team

Boris Johnson playing in the Legends match between England and Germany in 2006
The mayor wants to bring the tournament to the capital

London Mayor Boris Johnson is to chair the group co-ordinating the city's support for the England 2018 football World Cup bid.

The London United group was formed to drive the capital's campaign to become a host city within the national bid. It will now help the England 2018 team.

Three London stadia are part of the 16 to be included in the final submission to FIFA in May 2010.

The winning host country for 2018 will be announced by Fifa in December.

'Crack new team'

Mr Johnson said: "The capital has the crown jewels of the national bid with our world-class stadia, accommodation and transport connections.

"But we're not taking anything for granted - we really want to bring the tournament to the capital.

"We have brought together a crack new team to build on the first stage of the bid and get that first goal in the back of the net."

In addition to hosting matches during a World Cup, London is important to the national bid as the potential base for many supporters, Fifa officials and the media.

Three stadia will be forwarded from London - Wembley Stadium, Arsenal's Emirates Stadium and either the Olympic Stadium or Tottenham Hotspur's yet-to-be-built new ground.

Fifa officials are expected to visit London later in the year as part of their inspection tour of bidding countries.

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