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Essien named England World Cup ambassador




Ghana midfielder Michael Essien is spearheading a star-studded and diverse squad of ambassadors from across world football in support of England’s 2018 World Cup bid. 
The Chelsea ace is joined by club team-mates John Terry and Michael Ballack to drive votes to help England win the bid.

Essien’s naming as the ambassador for the European country’s bid is a huge boost to his reputation as a shining example for young Africans.

The Ghanaian will travel around the world to advocate for England to be given the rights to host the global tournament in 20106.

He is among a handful of African players invited to boost England’s chances of winning the bid.

Other Africans named are Aaron Mokoena (South Africa),John Obi Mikel (Nigeria), John Terry, Joseph Yobo (Nigeria) and Kanu (Nigeria).

Kolo Toure (Ivory Coast), Lucas Radebe (South Africa), Salomon Kalou (Ivory Coast), Steven Pienaar (South Africa) and Victor Anichebe (Nigeria) were also named.

The FA bid team suggested that “international figures will be able to help foster support for the bid all over the world by sharing their experiences of the English game”. These include Ghana midfielder Michael Essien, as well as Brazilian forward Robinho, German captain Ballack, Argentine World Cup winner Ardiles, Nigerian midfielder John Obi Mikel and former England manager Sven-Goran Eriksson.

In addition, some of the biggest names in English football history have pledged their support including Gary Lineker, Shearer, Viv Anderson, Bryan Robson, David Seaman, Stuart Pearce, Peter Shilton, Peter Beardsley, Andrew Cole and John Barnes.

The FA bid team added: “Each ambassador will offer invaluable support to England 2018 at home and abroad in a variety of ways, including attendance of bid events and international matches, use of their image in promotional materials and meetings with key football stakeholders.

“The global reputation of the ambassadors will help positively showcase England 2018 internationally as well as continue to build public support for the World Cup bid in England.”


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