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LADBROKES have pushed England out from 5-4 to 7-4 to host the 2018 World Cup after Sepp Blatter suggested the finals were far from certain to be heading to Europe 11 years from now.

The Fifa president said: "I can understand the eagerness of the English FA, supported by politicians, to stage the finals, but it is not definite the finals will come back to Europe in 2018.

"If the Fifa executive committee decides later this year that the rotation policy is maintained, in strict procedure it should be in North America in 2018 and there are three countries who could host it - the United States, Mexico and Canada."

Rangers last night vowed to appeal after goalkeeper Allan McGregor was suspended for both legs of the Uefa Cup last-16 tie against Osasuna.

McGregor was sent off against Hapoel Tel Aviv last week after an incident involving opponent Luciano de Bruno. German veteran Stefan Klos would be the obvious choice to replace McGregor.
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Title Annotation:Sports
Publication:The Racing Post (London, England)
Date:Mar 1, 2007
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