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Foreign stars support England bid

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  • The FA have enlisted the help of foreign stars for the 2018 World Cup bid
  • Gianfranco Zola, Michael Ballack and Robinho are among those supporting
  • England 2018 Bid chief executive Andy Anson happy to have foreign support
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(CNN) -- The Football Association have enlisted the help of some of the greatest names to grace the English Premier League from overseas to help support England's bid for the 2018 World Cup.

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The FA have enlisted the help of a number of foreign players to support England's 2018 World Cup bid.

England had been considered the favourite for 2018 but Spain are thought to be ahead following criticism of the FA campaign by Jack Warner, an influential member of the Fifa executive committee which votes in December 2010.

Gianfranco Zola, Michael Ballack, Roque Santa Cruz, Lucas Radebe and Robinho are among a number of current and former international players who are supporting the bid along with England captain John Terry.

Andy Anson, chief executive of the England 2018 bid is pleased to have a broad cross section of foreign supporters behind the bid.

He said: "We are also delighted to have secured support from right across the football family and feel each and every individual will be a tremendous asset to England 2018. We also anticipate that over the course of the campaign even more people in the game, clubs and supporters will step forward to help us try and achieve our goal of World Cup football in England."

Germany captain, Michael Ballack, added: "The atmosphere and competitive nature of English football has been a great experience, playing with and against the best players in the world. England would be a fitting host for the 2018 World Cup."

England skipper Terry believes the country would make excellent hosts for the tournament which has not been held there since England won it in 1966.

"England would be a fantastic home for the World Cup if we had the opportunity to stage the tournament in 2018," Terry said.

"It has been great to see how much support the England 2018 World Cup Bid has already received from people in the game.

"Important names in football have been coming forward to find out how they can help and our passionate fans can also make a real difference."

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