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Hamilton and Button back England's World Cup bid

Formula One world champion Lewis Hamilton and current championship leader Jenson Button are backing England's bid to stage the 2018 football World Cup.

india Updated: May 22, 2009 18:53 IST

Formula One world champion Lewis Hamilton and current championship leader Jenson Button are backing England's bid to stage the 2018 football World Cup.

Hamilton and Button, who will both compete in the Monaco Grand Prix on Sunday, have signed up to an official campaign launched by England midfielder David Beckham and former England captain Gary Lineker as they aim to get two million signatories to show the depth of support for the bid.

McLaren star Hamilton said: "Our country's passion and knowledge for football is unrivalled anywhere else in the world.
"We live and breathe the sport, whether that's in the biggest stadiums in the country, on a freezing, wet Wednesday night in the middle of winter, at home in front of the TV, or even in the playground.

"It would be a fantastic honour for us to host the 2018 World Cup."

Button added: "England would be a fantastic host for the 2018 World Cup and I'm really proud to back the bid. "I would love all my fans to show the England 2018 bid the same support they have given me this season."

England are competing with Australia, Japan, the United States and Russia as well as joint bids from Portugal and Spain and Holland and Belgium.