Saudi Crown Prince heads to Russian Federation for World Cup

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England's Danny Rose right has told his family not to travel to Russia. Getty Images

As a result, Fifa's executive committee is no longer responsible for the final say on which country is awarded a World Cup.

While Canada has never hosted-or even qualified for-the men's World Cup, it can count on its more experienced co-hosts and current NAFTA partners.

The United States, Mexico and Canada will host soccer's biggest event in 2026.

Brazil's World Cup preparations have taken a freaky turn after the line-up for their opening game against Switzerland on Sunday was leaked online by a friend of starting forward Gabriel Jesus. The United States is likely to have 10 cities selected to host games, while Mexico and Canada are expected to each have three.

While the bid emphasised unity between the three host nations, it is undoubtedly US-led.

The country's hopes of becoming the second African country to host the cup after South Africa in 2010 hit a bump last week when a Federation Internationale de Football Association task force scored the bid 2.7 out of 5 following an inspection.




Morocco has largely avoided competing with the North Americans in a dash for cash.

Bid officials have given bullish financial projections, forecasting a record-breaking multi-billion-dollar profit for the expanded tournament.

"We've been awarded a number of extra games for the Euros for 2020, so clearly England is seen as a great venue for hosting events, you think of the success of the Olympics as well but we're not focusing on anything beyond that right now". "The merits of the bid, we feel we have a compelling proposal".

Brazil head coach Tite has been keeping his cards very close to his chest as he plans a riposte to his team's horrendous showing on home soil at the last World Cup four years ago.

Federation Internationale de Football Association had already chose to expand the 2026 tournament to 48 teams and by backing the joint bid it has also committed to holding the first tournament hosted by three countries.

Willa Frej contributed reporting.

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