The competition for the 2018 and 2022 football World Cup hosting rights is panning out as a two-horse race between sporting rivals England and Australia.
Both countries have brought out some of their big names as ambassadors, England with David Beckham and Australia with Nicole Kidman. By 2018 both will have recent Olympics hosting under their belt – the Sydney 2000 Games and London’s 2012 Games. England has the edge when it comes to stadia, as it boasts sufficient stadium right across the country. It also has the edge when it comes to history – being the birthplace of football and having won the World Cup on home soil in 1966.