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Saturday 19 Apr 2008 09:47:00
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Pompey may be helped by the FA to become one of the host venues for the 2018 World Cup if England's bid to stage it is successful.

The exciting news comes from FA chairman Lord Triesman, who says bosses havew begun scouring the country for grounds already good enough to stage matches in the tournament and others which have the potential to be developed.

It seems the FA are considering offering Pompey financial incentives to redevelop Fratton Park - although whether they might also be ready to help with a new ground at Horsea Island for the same reasons is unclear.

The FA are keen to have a good geographical spread of stadiums want to include plans for a minimum 40,000-seat south coast base in the technical section of their bid document to Fifa.

'There is a desire to redevelop Fratton Park,' FA chairman Lord Triesman said. Asked whether the FA would help Pompey financially, he replied: 

'Whatever we do has to be in line with whatever Fifa say are the bedrock conditions for making the bid.

'We have stadia right round the country, but we have to look to see whether other stadia further south in England can be developed.'

What do you think? Is this something for Pompey to seize hold of - or just an idea that will come to nothing? Discuss it now on the messageboard.

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