‘England may bid for 2030 World Cup’

Gianni Infantino (left) and Greg Dyke (right)

Uefa secretary general Gianni Infantino (left) succeeds Sepp Blatter, whose reign as president began in 1998

England may consider a bid to host the 2030 World Cup with Gianni Infantino now elected Fifa president, Football Association chairman Greg Dyke says.

The FA backed Infantino in Friday’s election, in which he polled 115 votes to succeed fellow Swiss Sepp Blatter.

Dyke says Fifa has a leader “whom the FA can trust” after saying it became “impossible” to deal with Blatter.

“This is a new day, a new dawn. I think we will certainly try to win some tournaments,” Dyke said.

“(The World Cup in) 2026 will go to North America, but we will maybe go for 2030.”

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Greg Dyke ‘very pleased’ with Gianni Infantino win

Previous president Blatter quit in May amid allegations that led to a six-year ban from football, which he is contesting.

His resignation prompted the extraordinary congress at world football’s governing body, which has been engulfed by claims of widespread corruption since summer 2015.

Dyke was pleased at the result of the election, where lawyer Infantino secured 27 more votes than closest rival Sheikh Salman bin Ebrahim al-Khalifa.

“[Infantino is] very competent, very organised, very together. Not a showman, but good fun. He has got a lot of qualities and it will be very good for Fifa,” he said.

“It’s been a corrupted organisation for a very long period of time. There’s a big job to be done. But at least we’ve got a reform programme and at least we’ve got a president in whom we can trust.


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The moment Gianni Infantino was named as the new president of Fifa

“The reason we wouldn’t deal with a Blatter Fifa is because we didn’t think we’d win. And there was so much bad blood from the last time we tried – at government level as well as at the FA level.

“It was almost impossible to deal with him.”

Any future plans for England to bid for future international tournaments will be dealt with by a future FA chairman as Dyke leaves the association this summer.

England lost out to Russia in bidding for the 2018 World Cup.

In October last year, Blatter suggested there had been an agreement in place for Russia to host the event – before the vote took place.

The bidding process for the 2018 and 2022 tournaments is the subject of an ongoing Swiss criminal investigation, which began alongside a US inquiry following the arrest and indictment of several top executives by the US Department of Justice on corruption charges.

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