UEFA president Michel Platini insists the English authorities will have to work hard to "convince" him to back their bid to stage the 2018 World Cup.
"I hope for you it will be England but at the moment I have nothing to say," he said.
"You will have to convince me.
"If there are two or three European countries going to bid, they all have to convince me." the Frenchman told BBC News 24 programme Hard Talk.