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Last Updated: Sunday, 27 November 2005, 13:13 GMT
Coe offers help for World Cup bid
Lord Coe celebrates winning the 2012 Olympics for London
Sebastian Coe, the man who helped win the 2012 Olympics for London, says he would like to assist any England bid for the 2018 World Cup.

Coe led the London team that beat Paris in July for the right to host the Games and says he would be available, should the Football Association make a bid.

He told the Sunday People: "Of course I'd help. From the experience of the last two years I know I can be of use.

"I can't think of anything better than my children watching a World Cup here."

Lord Coe and his London 2012 bid team defied the odds to win hosting rights, and the double Olympic gold medal-winner believes England can win the race for the World Cup as well.

I'd like to think the successful Olympic bid has given a boost to UK confidence
Sebastian Coe
"By 2018 we wouldn't have had the World Cup for 52 years," added Coe.

"It is a great opportunity to showcase the game in this country.

"I am not completely alien to football. I helped with the FA's review on drugs plus I have been a Chelsea season ticket holder for 38 years.

"I won't lay down a blueprint for the FA because they have to decide what they want, but they have to be bold about the vision. They have to go out and sell it.

"We'll work together with the FA on a feasibility study.

"There have got to be UK-wide benefits and serious understanding about costings and the chance to win.

"I'd like to think the successful Olympic bid has given a boost to UK confidence and it has shown that we don't have to lose these things."

The FA has already said that a decision on whether to make a bid will not be made until autumn 2006.

England missed out on hosting rights for the 2006 World Cup, with Germany getting the vote.

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