Trio snubbed by WC 2018 bid team

16 December 2009 03:34
England 2018 deputy chairman Mawhinney announced the successful candidates, which included Milton Keynes, Plymouth and several venues yet to be built.[LNB]But Pride Park, the Walkers Stadium and KC Stadium will not host games if England's bid to stage the tournament is successful.[LNB]Mawhinney, the Football League chairman who headed the selection panel, told a news conference: "England's fortunate to have so many good stadia and I would like to congratulate all of the applicant host cities for the seven months of really hard work they have put in.[LNB]"We have chosen cities which present the lowest possible risk to FIFA and it's FIFA who will make the final decision.[LNB]"There will also be a lot of disappointed football fans around the country, I understand that - and if I was a fan of theirs I would be just as disappointed."[LNB]Mawhinney named 16 venues across 12 different cities, with four in London.[LNB]However, FIFA regulations state only three stadia can be used in any one city, with a decision to be made between the new White Hart Lane or Olympic Stadium.[LNB]White Hart Lane is one of the stadia yet to be built or redeveloped, with the others being Ashton Vale stadium in Bristol and Nottingham's Forest's new ground.[LNB]Mawhinney also revealed that Anfield or "new Anfield" would be used.[LNB]There had been fears that Liverpool would miss out but Mawhinney said either Anfield or a new Anfield would be a host stadium.[LNB]Mawhinney added: "It would have been very hard to envisage an impressive World Cup bid with host cities that did not include iconic Liverpool."[LNB]The full list is as follows:[LNB]Sunderland - Stadium of Light[LNB]London - Wembley Stadium[LNB]Birmingham - Villa Park[LNB]Manchester - City of Manchester Stadium[LNB]Nottingham - the new Nottingham Forest stadium[LNB]London - Emirates Stadium[LNB]Leeds - Elland Road[LNB]Sheffield - Hillsborough[LNB]Newcastle/Gateshead - St James' Park[LNB]Bristol - the new Ashton Vale stadium[LNB]London - the new White Hart Lane or Olympic Stadium[LNB]Plymouth - Home Park[LNB]Manchester - Old Trafford[LNB]Liverpool - Anfield or new Anfield[LNB]Milton Keynes - Stadium MK[LNB][LNB] England Top Goalscorer England Top Scorer: Lampard, F 5/1  

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