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Last Updated: Monday May 18 2009 18:21 GMT

England launches 2018 World Cup bid

David Beckham with children at the launch party for England's World Cup bid

England has kicked off its bid to host the football World Cup in 2018 or 2022 with a huge party at Wembley Stadium.

Prime Minister Gordon Brown and England midfielder David Beckham were there to back the campaign and Prince William sent a video message of support.

Footie bosses say the UK's got everything it needs "to create the best possible festival of football".

But we face competition from 10 other countries to host the event and won't find out who's won until December 2010.

Some of the countries its competing against include Russia, Australia, Japan, America and a joint bid from Portugal and Spain.

The World Cup trophy

The last time England hosted a World Cup was back in 1966, which is also the last time it won the tournament.

David Beckham is an ambassador for England's bid and said it's an exciting time.

"My role is to do as much as I can to bring the bid home and to bring the 2018 world cup to us," he said.

"There's going to be a lot of hard work along the way and we've got a great team with us, so it's going be an exciting time."

The FA unsuccessfully bid for the 2006 World Cup, but experts think it's in a much stronger position now because it's better liked in the world of international football.

'Truly memorable'

Speaking at the launch party, chairman of the Football Association Lord Triesman said they believe England can deliver a fantastic tournament.

"Now we must persuade our international friends and colleagues of our case," he said. "That's easy to say, far less easy to do.

"We believe the world cup in England would be a truly memorable event, not only for our nation but for every nation."

David Beckham's been speaking to Sportsround about England's bid, what's going on in his life right now and answering some of YOUR questions.

Check out what he had to say to Ore in Friday's Sportsround on CBBC at 6.10pm.