The England World Cup bid team has pulled out of the race to host the prestigious FIFA tournament in 2022.

England will now concentrate on their campaign for 2018, which will definitely be held in Europe following the United States decision to withdraw their bid.

England and Russia remain in the running for 2018 along with joint bids by Belgium/Holland and Spain/Portugal.

The United States had been the last non-European bidders remaining in the race for 2018 following Australia's withdrawal in June and remained in contention for both 2018 and 2022.

An England bud team statement read: "England 2018/22 today confirmed to FIFA that it was withdrawing its candidature from the FIFA World Cup 2022 and will now focus on its bid to host the tournament in 2018.

"This followed consultation with UEFA president Michel Platini on the most appropriate moment to withdraw.

"England 2018 is delighted it is now clear that the FIFA World Cup will be coming to Europe in 2018 following the withdrawal of the United States bid."

The successful bid nations will be announced on 2nd December 2010.

Posted on 15/10/2010