Date: 16th December 2009 at 4:12pm
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Hillsborough has been picked as part of England’s 2018 World Cup bid after beating off competition from a number of other stadia, including Bramall Lane.

Sheffield has been picked as a potential host city for the prestigious event, with Hillsborough beating Bramall Lane to stage matches.

London, Manchester, Sunderland, Birmingham, Nottingham, Liverpool, Leeds, Milton Keynes, Newcastle, Bristol and Plymouth have also been picked as part of the bid.

‘I have no doubt that this process has strengthened our bid considerably,’ Football League and selection panel chairman Lord Mawhinney told BBC Sport.

‘There is a temptation to think of bids in terms of just stadia but we have spent a long time talking about travelling, accommodation and security and the decision we have made constitutes a composite of all the criteria that goes towards what makes a good host city.’

More on this story to come…