"Along with the other cities involved, Portsmouth had shown great enthusiasm for the project and the council's decision not to approve their application at this stage is a surprising and sad outcome.
"The host city process still has an extremely strong candidate list and we are confident we have an array of cities, stadiums and general facilities that will support an exceptional bid to FIFA."
The 15 cities expected to submit applications to become a host venue are Birmingham, Bristol, Derby, Hull, Leeds, Leicester, Liverpool, London, Manchester, Milton Keynes, Newcastle-Gateshead, Nottingham, Plymouth, Sheffield and Sunderland.
Between 12 and 18 stadiums from about 10 cities will then be chosen to form part of England's bid, with that announcement scheduled for 16 December.
Of the 15 potential hosts, four - Liverpool, London, Manchester and Sheffield - will submit proposals that contain more than one stadium.
However, contrary to other reports, England's bid can contain more than one city with two stadiums or more.
The Manchester bid will include Eastlands and Old Trafford, while Sheffield's proposal is centred around improvements to Hillsborough and Bramall Lane.
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