Jurgen Klinsmann believes there is no more deserving nation to host a World Cup than England.
Football’s showpiece event was last held in this country in 1966, the year Sir Alf Ramsey guided the Three Lions to glory.
And on the eve of The FA’s 150th anniversary launch, the USA national team coach has backed us to stage the competition once more.
Klinsmann said: “If there is one federation in the world that deserves more than any others to host the next World Cup, it would be England.
“The English FA [is] a very special federation because it stands for tradition, it stands for a lot of history and it stands for really living and breathing the game day in and day out.
“It stands for being correct and being honest and trying to always give it credibility.
“It stands for so many things and when you come from another federation like Germany and now the US, there is also a lot of history and pride in there.”
Klinsmann spent two separate seasons in England as a player, earning hero status among Tottenham fans for his goalscoring exploits.
He bagged 29 goals for Spurs in 1994-95 and helped fire the north Londoners to an FA Cup Semi-Final, picking up the Football Writers' Player of the Year Award along the way.
The talismanic striker won the World Cup, the European Championship and two UEFA Cups during a stellar career, but it is an FA Cup Sixth Round tie against Liverpool that he cites as his favourite moment in the game.
He revealed: “People often talk about trophies or honours that they’ve won, but one very emotional memory that I have is winning at Anfield with Tottenham in an FA Cup game.
“I think it was the quarter final and I scored the winning goal in the last minute. We came back into the locker room and the team was singing and giving a special cheer.
“But the fact that we walked off the field and the people at Anfield gave us a standing ovation, that was something special.
“They were saying, you were the better team today to an away team, so it wasn’t a trophy but it’s something that I will never forget.”
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