Becks trusts voting system
2018 bid ambassador confident Fifa will act fairly
By Chris Burton. Last Updated: 01/12/10 4:21pm
Bid ambassador David Beckham is convinced there will be no backlash against England in the voting for 2018 World Cup hosting rights.
"I think we can trust every one of the members."
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Fifa committee members are due to decide on Thursday which nation will be granted the tournament, with England vying with Russia, Spain/Portugal and Holland/Belgium to get the nod.
The England bid team have been working hard to put their case forward over recent weeks and have drafted in big-hitters such as Beckham, Prince William and prime minister David Cameron to help aid their cause.
Their presence is expected to weigh heavy in their favour, but there are still fears that Fifa will turn against England in the wake of allegations made in a Panorama documentary.
The timing of that programme has already been called into question, but it remains to be seen what the fall-out from it will be.
Numerous Fifa members have claimed that their decision has not been swayed, and Beckham is confident that will prove to be the case.
"I think we can trust every one of the members," he said.
"They are football people and they will want a World Cup in the best country they think can host the biggest sporting event in the world. Without a doubt we trust them."
Beckham has already held court with a few of the Fifa members and he believes they are honourable people who will make their decision based purely on football factors.
He added: "I have met a few members. I would rather keep who I have met private, but I have met a few of the members, working with the prime minister until late last night. I know Prince William was up at 7.30 this morning as well having breakfast with one of the members.
"We have met them and everything has been positive so far. We have listened to the feedback and the ideas they think we need to be pushing in the next few days and we are working on it."
England believe there is still room for them to sway undecided voters, with the next few days all about promoting their bid in the best possible way.
Beckham said: "We have got time to do that, that's one of the reasons why we have Prince William and the prime minister here, to have that weight behind the bid is a huge thing for us.
"I saw that in Singapore (during the 2012 Olympic bid) when Tony Blair was behind the whole bid process and we saw how important that was.
"We have been listening to the feedback and have spoken about the legacy part, which is a big thing for us. It's not just about being a lasting legacy for our country, it's the whole world and the benefits which can be generated for everybody."
One of the men England may need to get on board if they are to be successful is Fifa vice-president Jack Warner, and Beckham hopes his support of the English game will see his vote swing in their favour.
He said: "I think Jack is one of those men who believes the World Cup will be special wherever it is held. He loves the Premiership and everything about our game.
"Every vote is important, but I have spent time with Jack in Trinidad & Tobago and that was good, but it's important now that we get votes from everybody."
Beckham believes England have a presentation capable of wowing the voting panel and insists every ounce of effort is being put in to making sure their efforts bring about a positive result.
"We have put ourselves in a great position," added the former England captain.
"We have done everything possible to put ourselves in the best position. It's about putting the icing on the cake. We are just focusing on our side of the bid, anything else that goes on is of no interest to us. We are doing all we can to get this World Cup to us.
"We are confident because we feel we have got a great argument and a great bid. We believe we can get the votes we need.
"I don't think we have to be worried about anybody. I don't think we can afford to be worried. We know that we have got a great bid and are happy with what we have done. We are confident in what we have done."