North East stadiums on show in World Cup bid

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Fifa inspectors have toured facilities at Sunderland and Newcastle football grounds as part of England's bid to host the 2018 World Cup.

The delegation arrived in the north-east of England on Tuesday as part of their four-day visit to England.

They visited St James' Park and the Stadium of Light to inspect facilities before writing a report on England's bid to host the event.

Sunderland and Newcastle have been named as Candidate Host Cities.

The six-man Fifa team has already visited London and will also go to Manchester.

Legacy left

The hosts for the 2018 World Cup will be announced on 2 December. Russia are thought to be one of England's strongest rivals for the event.

Sunderland's chairman Niall Quinn said: "An important part of our bid is the young people and the legacy that will be left for them.

"We wanted the delegation to understand that we are not just a stadium that opens on match days."

At Newcastle's St James' Park, former player Peter Beardsley was part of a welcoming committee.

He said: "It would be incredible if we get World Cup football here.

"This is my home city and I would be so proud if we could pull it off."