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Beckham confident over England 2018 bid

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David Beckham has given the thumbs-up to England's chances of staging the 2018 World Cup.

He said he was "confident" but not taking it for granted that England could win this week's crunch vote in Zurich, as he visited the London 2012 Olympic Stadium for the first time.

Beckham played a key ambassadorial role in securing London for the Olympics in Singapore in 2005 and was involved in the Beijing 2008 closing ceremony as the Chinese capital passed the Olympic flame on to London.

Following his brief stopover in Stratford, east London, Beckham now travels to Zurich to see if he can help edge the 2018 World Cup bid to victory.

He said: "Hopefully I will make a difference. There are many people, like Prince William, who have been involved and working hard for the bid and to get it to this final point.

"We are going to FIFA and a lot of delegates because we need to tell those people about why we feel it is the right thing for us to get the World Cup.

"I feel that at the end of the day it is down to what the bid team have done. England have a history and tradition (in football) and it is about the benefits that can be generated by having the World Cup in England."