The Daily Mail reports:
Prime Minister David Cameron has emerged as England’s best – and possibly last – hope of securing the World Cup finals for England in 2018.
Bid officials have intensified their lobbying as the campaign approaches its final fortnight and have had at least 10 meetings at No 10 in the past three weeks.
The Prime Minister is playing an ever more important role in the attempt to sway the vote when the executive committee of FIFA, football’s world governing body, meet in Zurich on December 2.
He will be involved in intensive lobbying in the countdown to the vote and will arrive in Zurich two or three days before the ballot.
England’s bid team hope that Cameron can repeat the impact former Prime Minister Tony Blair had when his appearance five years ago in Singapore helped London secure the 2012 Olympic Games.
‘The vote can all change in the final days and that is certainly what Tony Blair achieved for us,’ said a veteran of London’s successful bid. ‘Not being in the lead at this stage is not necessarily a bad thing.
‘The key with Tony Blair was that we got him out there two days before the vote, whereas French President Jacques Chirac just waltzed in the evening before.