England would be ready and able to host the Fifa World Cup in 2022 if it is stripped from Qatar, according to a British government minister. UK Sport Secretary John Whittingdale says England has the facilities but added it is unlikely to happen as Russia is staging the 2018 tournament. Speaking in the House of Commons on Thursday, Whittingdale said: “If Fifa came forward and asked us to consider hosting it, we have the facilities in this country and of course we did mount a very impressive, if unsuccessful, bid to host the 2018 World Cup.
- The shock resignation of Fifa president Sepp Blatter on Tuesday has intensified calls for the 2022 bidding process to be re-run, if that process is proved to have been corrupt.
- England hosting the World Cup on the other hand, that essentially needs to be worked out at a later point.
- Australia, who lost out to Qatar in the bidding process, has also indicated it could step in.