With financial support from the government for the bid at £15 million, it will also be topped up by a further £10 million to support the game and the project in the North of England.

A total of 12 sporting venues will support the vote, including stadiums such as Old Trafford and Wembley Stadium. Although a majority of the 31 matches will be played in the North of England, key fixtures will also be allocated to stadiums throughout the UK.

Although England was successful with its bid in 2013, possible rivals to the largest world cup to take place since 2000, come from South Africa and North America.