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England 2018 ambassadors unveiled

John Terry (left) and Michael Ballack
England captain Terry (left) and Germany captain Ballack

The full 50-strong squad of ambassadors for England's 2018 World Cup bid has been announced.

The list is led by England captain John Terry and includes Chelsea team-mate and Germany captain Michael Ballack.

Other foreign stars are included, as well as former England internationals and members of the England women's and disabled teams.

"England would be a fantastic home for the World Cup if we had the chance to stage the tournament," said Terry.

"It has been great to see how much support the England 2018 World Cup bid has already received from people in the game.

"Important names in football have been coming forward to find out how they can help."

Ballack said: "The atmosphere and competitive nature of English football has been a great experience, playing with and against the best players in the world.

"England would be a fitting host for the 2018 World Cup."

The ambassadors will be used to support England's bid at home and abroad at events and international matches.


England 2018 ambassadors (English unless stated):

Aaron Mokoena (South Africa), Alan Shearer, Alexandre Song (Cameroon), Andrew Cole, Ashley Young, Brian Deane, Bryan Robson, Carlos Edwards (Trinidad & Tobago), Chris Powell, Cyrille Regis, David Beckham, David James, David Seaman, David Clarke (England Blind Squad), Des Walker, Emile Heskey, Eniola Aluko, Faye White, Gareth Southgate, Gary Lineker, Gary Mabbutt, Gianfranco Zola (Italy), Glenn Hoddle, Graeme Le Saux, Graham Taylor, Howard Wilkinson, James Milner, John Barnes, John Obi Mikel (Nigeria), John Terry, Joseph Yobo (Nigeria), Kanu (Nigeria), Kenwyne Jones (Trinidad & Tobago), Kelly Smith, Kolo Toure (Ivory Coast), Lucas Radebe (South Africa), Luther Blissett, Michael Ballack (Germany), Michael Barker (England Cerebral Palsy Squad), Michael Chopra, Michael Essien (Ghana), Muzzy Izzet (Turkey), Osvaldo Ardiles (Argentina), Paul Elliott, Paul Ince, Paul Parker, Peter Beardsley, Peter Crouch, Peter Shilton, Phil Neville, Ray Clemence, Ray Wilkins, Rachel Brown, Ricardo Villa (Argentina), Rio Ferdinand, Robbie Earle (Jamaica), Roberto Di Matteo (Italy), Robinho (Brazil), Roque Santa Cruz (Paraguay), Salomon Kalou (Ivory Coast), Sol Campbell, Steven Gerrard, Steven Pienaar (South Africa), Stuart Pearce, Sven-Goran Eriksson (Sweden), Teddy Sheringham, Terry Venables, Tony Adams, Tony Woodcock, Victor Anichebe (Nigeria), Viv Anderson, Wayne Rooney, Zesh Rehman (Pakistan).



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