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Arsenal duo back 2018 bid
16 Feb 2007 - 12:16:21
England's bid to stage the 2018 World Cup has received the backing of Arsenal's French duo Arsene Wenger and Thierry Henry.
Both the Gunners boss and skipper claimed England should be awarded the competition in 11 years time after meeting The Queen at Buckingham Palace on Thursday.
"This is the country which created the game and it would be completely normal to get the World Cup back here," confirmed Wenger.
Henry, a World Cup winner in 1998, believes the stadia and passion of the fans makes England a natural choice to host the event.
He added: "The stadiums here are amazing, and the fans are amazing.
"It is normal and fine that the competition comes back here."
Meanwhile, Wenger has confirmed that he will rotate his squad for Saturday's FA Cup fifth round visit of Blackburn Rovers.
The Gunners were taken to extra-time by Bolton Wanderers in a fourth round replay on Wednesday night and the Frenchman is keen to rest some of his players ahead of next week's Champions League clash with PSV Eindhoven.
"I will rotate as much as I can," he told the club's official website. "I rested a few players at Bolton and some of them will come in.
"I am rotating for two reasons. Firstly we played extra time up there and the space is very short between Wednesday night and Saturday morning. Secondly we have a massive game on Tuesday night (at PSV).
"But what the Carling Cup has taught us is that we can rotate now. They are all up to the level and that is fantastic information for the club."