Prince William leads England's final WCup push

By Rob Harris

Associated Press

Published: Thursday, Dec. 2 2010 3:47 a.m. MST

ZURICH — Prince William and David Beckham have stressed England's pledge to invest in football's global development in their country's final push for votes to host the 2018 World Cup.

England, which hosted the World Cup in 1966, has said it will match FIFA's $120 million annual investment in grass roots football around the world each year by 2018.

Prince William told the 22 executive committee members who will vote later Thursday that "it's not just about us ... England is committed to developing football internationally as a member of your football family."

Beckham added that England would "create a better future for our grandchildren and many millions more."

England is competing against Russia, Spain-Portugal and Netherlands-Belgium.

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