England could host 2014 World Cup if Brazil run into a roadblock - report

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England are believed to be on standby to host the World Cup in 2014, if Brazil are unable to do so.

And The People claims that senior members of the FA will have a meeting this week to discuss the timing and strategy of the rescue plan, should one be necessary.

This comes only a fortnight after Fifa executive committee members decided not to pick England over other bidders when it came to selecting the host for the 2018 edition of the tournament.

Progress in Brazil is reported to be worryingly slow, although it is not thought to have become a crisis situation just yet.

But it is said that the FA will hold talks with Fifa as a contingency position, so there is a back-up plan in place if Brazil cannot get their stadia and airports built by the time the governing body takes the final decision about whether or not the tournament will go ahead there in four years' time.