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Last Updated: Thursday, 6 December 2007, 12:25 GMT
Beckham 'would accept' 2018 role
By Chris Bevan

David Beckham will help England's 2018 World Cup bid, if approached
Beckham is English football's most famous face
David Beckham would be willing to work as the official face of the Football Association's 2018 World Cup bid if he is approached.

The former England captain, 32, worked as an ambassador to promote London's successful bid for the 2012 Olympics.

Beckham is yet to discuss any role with the FA but BBC Sport understands the governing body wants him on board and he would be happy to support it.

The LA Galaxy star has won 99 caps and captained England from 2000 to 2006.

He is hoping to claim his 100th cap in February's friendly against Switzerland.

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As English football's most famous face, Beckham's presence on the bid team would be a boost to the FA's hopes.

England will face strong competition to host the event, with Australia, China, Russia, United States, Belgium and the Netherlands, and Mexico all interested.

Bids need to be officially submitted by 2009, with Fifa's executive committee set to make a decision on the host nation in October 2011.

The FA made an attempt to stage the tournament in 2006 but lost out to Germany.

England hosted the World Cup once before in 1966, claiming their sole triumph in the tournament by beating West Germany 4-2 in the final.

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