Blatter - FA still sore

FIFA president in claims regarding World Cup vote

Sepp Blatter: FIFA president has suggested the Football Association is still upset about the 2018 World Cup vote

FIFA president Sepp Blatter has suggested that the Football Association remains upset about missing out on the chance to host the 2018 World Cup finals.

The FA's bid to stage the tournament received only two votes last year as Russia were chosen as hosts for the first time.

"The World Cup was theirs by right. When they came here with Beckham, Prince William and Prime Minister Cameron, they were certain of winning. They got two votes. Since then, they have looked for every means to justify their defeat."

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Since then, the FA has opposed Blatter's re-election as president and there was also widespread criticism in England of the 75-year-old's recent comments regarding racism in football.

Blatter feels that there is still some lingering upset and that the FA is trying to make up for failing to win the World Cup vote.

Lost power

He is quoted as telling Swiss newspaper Matin Dimanche: "In the 60s and 70s, the great sporting federations were in the main British. It's no longer the case.

"The English have lost power and, most recently, the 2018 World Cup.

"They were very keen, more than for the Olympics. They thought that football should have come home.

"The World Cup was theirs by right. When they came here with Beckham, Prince William and Prime Minister Cameron, they were certain of winning.

"They got two votes. Since then, they have looked for every means to justify their defeat."