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International stars back England's World Cup bid

ENGLAND&rsquo;S 2018 World Cup bid team has emphasised its multicultural credentials by employing an array of foreign stars such as Kolo Toure and Gianfranco Zola as ambassadors.<br /><br />Ivory Coast defender Toure, who captains Manchester City, and Italian West Ham manager Zola will canvass support at home and abroad and appear in promotional materials.<br /><br />Nigerian former Arsenal and Portsmouth striker Nwankwo Kanu, Argentinian ex-Tottenham pair Ossie Ardiles and Ricky Villa, and Paraguayan City forward Roque Santa Cruz are also on the list of ambassadors. Yesterday&rsquo;s announcement came after Jack Warner, vice-president of world governing body Fifa, dubbed England&rsquo;s bid &lsquo;lightweight&rsquo;.<br /><br />Football Association chairman Lord Triesman said one of England&rsquo;s main selling points was its diversity. Spain, thought to be the main rivals, has witnessed a series of racist incidents at high-profile sporting occasions.<br /><br />&ldquo;Because of England&rsquo;s diversity and integration, players from every nation enjoy a home from home welcome,&rdquo; Triesman said.<br /><br />&ldquo;They are able to point out, because we faced our demons in the past, that in England you can play your football without racial abuse and that&rsquo;s not true everywhere.&rdquo;