Desolate: England fans console themselves after the 2018 bid announcement

2018 may be lost, but PM can still deliver a brighter future for school sport

England lost out in the bid to host the 2018 World Cup today, despite having arguably the best presentation, with Prince William, David Beckham and David Cameron making the case for football to come home. Russia won the right to host the 2018 World Cup, with rank outsiders Qatar – a country with an appalling human rights record – being selected to host the 2022 World Cup.