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Lord Coe confident of successful 2018 World Cup bid

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Lord Coe is confident England's 2018 World Cup bid has not been derailed by Lord Triesman's resignation.

England bid team member Coe and Fifa chief Sepp Blatter have spoken since Triesman accused Spain's and Russia's football federations of bribery.

Coe said: "Blatter's clear inference was 'go on telling our story, talk about the bid's qualities, the eminence of the venues and why we are doing it'.

"The impression I get from him is that we will be judged on those things."

Former middle distance runner Coe masterminded London's successful bid to host the 2012 Olympics and is also on the board of England's World Cup 2018 bid team.

2018 bid not damaged - Lord Coe

The 53-year-old holds influence in Fifa's corridors of power having served as a member of world football's governing body's ethics committee.

"I had a chat with Sepp Blatter and it was a very friendly and lengthy conversation," said Coe. "We know each other very well and it was very open chat."

Triesman resigned as Football Association chairman following the accusations, made in a clandestine recording of a private conversation with a former aide, which will be investigated by Fifa's Ethics Committee.

Fifa has also written to the FA asking for a report.

And Coe added: "We needed to resolve the situation as quickly as we could and go on driving the bid forward.

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"We haven't become a bad bid over one news cycle. The fundamentals are solidly in place and nobody is doubting that.

"I understand campaigns. We were bidding to stage an Olympic Games for the best part of three years.

"There is rarely anything that is so serious that you are permanently derailed or so great that you jump across the line in one fell swoop.

"It's all hands to the pump now and what we do in the last six months."

England manager Fabio Capello is confident England remains "the perfect country to host the World Cup" despite the controversy surrounding Triesman.

"My relationship with Lord Triesman was really good," he told BBC Sport from the team's Austria base.

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"I am sorry for what happened but now we are focused on what happens here."

England's World Cup squad are training near picturesque Salzburg ahead of this summer's tournament, and captain Rio Ferdinand also took time out to support the 2018 bid.

"The bid's bigger than any one individual. People come and go in the process but we'd still stage a great World Cup," he told the BBC. "I think this country has got all the tools to hold a tournament of that ilk. We will be great hosts."

Former England striker Gary Lineker, an ambassador for the 2018 campaign, has resigned as a columnist on the Mail on Sunday in protest at their publishing of the Triesman story, claiming it had "undermined the bid".

"As an 2018 ambassador, I felt it would be hypocritical to continue earning a salary writing for the Mail on Sunday when they've clearly damaged our chances of hosting the 2018 World Cup," he told BBC Radio 4.

"Lord Triesman was having a private conversation with someone who he thought was a trusted friend and that was taped so it's a case of entrapment.

"I've had a good relationship with the Mail on Sunday, but in this particular instance they've made a gross error of judgment.

"I was happy to do a piece expressing my views and they declined that."

BBC Match of the Day host Lineker added: "If all our conversations with trusted friends or colleagues were in danger of going into the press then we'd never say anything.

"Certainly this has damaged the 2018 World Cup bid, hopefully not beyond recovery.

Michel Platini, the president of European football's governing body Uefa, has offered his support to Triesman.

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"I want to support my friend. I think it is a bad thing that happened to him," said the Frenchman.

Asked if the bid had been damaged, Platini said: "Maybe yes... but Geoff Thompson is a good guy, England is a great country and of course it can recover and survive this."

England legend Sir Geoff Hurst, whose hat-trick in the 1966 World Cup final remains a unique feat, is optimistic the bid will not be damaged.

"I still think we will be judged on the strength of our bid," he said. "We all know we can host a World Cup.

"The FA has dealt with the situation quickly and decisively."



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