David Beckham leads a cast of football giants in a new film to boost England’s chances of hosting the World Cup in 2018, ahead of this week’s decision.
The film showcases the bid’s proposals for a ‘Football United’, a global fund for football, which FIFA President Sepp Blatter has already backed.
Bid vice-president Beckham is joined in the video by a host of fellow English and international footballers ‘united’ behind the proposal.
They include England captains Rio Ferdinand and Steven Gerrard, Ghana stars Michael Essien and Asamoah Gyan, Honduran midfielder, Wilson Palacios and Brazilian defender, Alex.
The film shows coaching sessions in Asia, Africa and the Caribbean – the type of which Football United says it would fund.
And it includes players like Fernando Torres and Nani who believe England is the country of choice for leading footballers from other countries.
England 2018 chief executive Andy Anson said: “Football United will aim to match FIFA’s current annual investment in grassroots football and social development to reach one billion people and benefit each of FIFA’s 208 member associations.
“We believe our Football United proposals can benefit a generation of people around the world because we have all of English football behind it.”