England is determined to land the 2022 World Cup if they miss out on hosting the event in 2018.
The Football Association has confirmed that it has entered a bid for both tournaments and will be a contender for 2022 provided the previous event isn’t held in Europe.
The Netherlands and Belgium have already made a joint bid, while Australia has submitted its application. And further bids are also expected from the United States, Russia, Mexico, Indonesia, Japan, South Korea and Qatar.
Fifa will choose the winning cities for both tournaments in December next year.
Bid chairman Lord Triesman said:
We are maximising our chances of winning the right to host the world’s greatest sporting occasion.
This marks another step forward on our journey to bring the Fifa World Cup to England and our team are focused on delivering the best bid possible to Fifa.
Next year’s World Cup is being staged in South Africa with Brazil hosting the tournament in 2014.