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Beckham urges support before World Cup inspection

sports Updated: Aug 19, 2010 11:32 IST

David Beckham urged English football fans on Thursday to show their support for the country's bid for the 2018 or 2022 World Cup by getting involved in events aimed at impressing a FIFA inspection team.

The LA Galaxy midfielder threw his weight behind "Back the Bid Week", which will see a series of events held around the country, and flags and banners put up at football grounds to show the country's desire to stage the tournament.

The delegation from FIFA arrives on Monday for the four-day visit to assess England's bid.

"The support we have had for the bid from the public over the past year has been incredible," said the former Manchester United and Real Madrid star.

"I've no doubt that fans from all over the country will unite and show the FIFA inspection team the type of passion and festival of football we could create if we staged the world's greatest sporting event."