LONDON (AP) - Premier League chairman Dave Richards joined the Football Association's team assembled to try and bring the World Cup to England in 2018 or 2022.
Initially overlooked when the first appointments were made, Richards accepted an invitation Thursday to become deputy chairman of the bid committee with a specific focus on international relations.
He joins Football League chairman Brian Mawhinney and Manchester United chief executive David Gill as deputy chairmen under the leadership of FA chairman Brian Triesman.
"Bringing the FIFA World Cup to England would be fantastic for the game in this country and, along with my colleagues, I will be doing all I can to make that a reality," Richards said.
Triesman said Richards would be a great asset.
"We are delighted Sir Dave has agreed to join the board," Triesman said.
"As someone who is known and respected throughout the football world, he will bring to the team a wealth of international experience. Sir Dave will be a great asset to us."
England is one of 11 candidates chasing either the 2018 or 2022 World Cups, which will be decided by FIFA in December 2010.
The others are Australia, Indonesia, Japan, Qatar, Mexico, Russia, South Korea, the United States, and joint bids from Spain and Portugal and the Netherlands and Belgium.
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