Football Association (FA) chairman Greg Dyke warned that scepticism remained following England’s failed bid for the 2018 tournament, which was awarded to Russia, but said Gill’s appointment as a Fifa vice-president might provide sufficient reassurance of a fair and transparent process.
“If David can assure us there is a proper system and it’s fair then we could be persuaded,” said Dyke. “But at the moment the policy is straightforward: we don’t bid while Mr Blatter’s there.”
Blatter, 79, is expected to be re-elected in May despite facing opposition from rival candidates including former Portugal star Luis Figo. If the FA’s Blatter boycott remains it could rule England out of bidding for a World Cup beyond the 2026 tournament. Dyke added: “You have to get an awful lot of people onside and that’s not going to be easy in England now because a lot of people got badly scarred in the process last time.”