Clegg meets World Cup inspectors
Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg was set to emphasise the Government's commitment to England's 2018 World Cup bid when he meets with a six-man FIFA inspection team.
Clegg will meet the FIFA team, led by Chile Football Federation president Harold Mayne-Nicholls, on the first day of their four-day visit to inspect the bid at Downing Street.
They will be joined by Secretary for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport Jeremy Hunt and Sports Minister Hugh Robertson at Downing Street along with an England 2018 delegation led by chairman Geoff Thompson.
The inspection team will then meet Fabio Capello at Wembley where they will tour the stadium and watch a community coaching session alongside the England boss on the pitch.
Clegg said: "I am delighted to welcome the FIFA inspection team to Downing Street and to have the chance to communicate the Government's 100% backing for the world-class bid which the England 2018 bid team has put together."
England 2018 chief executive Andy Anson added: "We are delighted to welcome Harold Mayne-Nicholls and his FIFA inspection team to Wembley Stadium on the first day of their visit.
"We are looking forward to bringing our proposals to life by providing the inspectors with opportunities to experience some of our facilities first-hand and to take part in a range of presentations involving football people, from greats of the game through to community coaches and volunteers.
"We believe our bid book represents a strong proposal to FIFA that will focus on what it can do for football all over the world."
Wembley will be the first football facility visited by the FIFA inspectors.