Following their recent victory in the first npower Test against Pakistan, 11-wicket hero James Anderson and the England cricket team pledged their support to England’s Bid to host the 2018 FIFA World CupTM.
The England players have joined more than one million people who have backed England’s bid so far, including a number of high profile names from sport and entertainment such as David Beckham, Lewis Hamilton, James Corden and Noel Gallagher.
npower, sponsors of the English cricket Test Series and an official supporter of the England 2018 Bid, presented Burnley fan Anderson with an England 2018 ‘Back the Bid’ shirt with the number 11 on the back to celebrate the Lancashire seamer’s impressive 11-wicket haul at Trent Bridge.
England won the first Test at the Trent Bridge ground in Nottingham, which is one of the twelve Candidate Host Cities for the England 2018 Bid. The npower Test Series now moves to Birmingham, another Candidate Host City, in preparation for the second Test at Edgbaston, starting on Friday.
Throughout the summer npower will be supporting England 2018 with ‘Back the Bid’ branding across the country and is already working with small businesses in the host cities to highlight the important role they will play and also support them with energy efficiency advice to reduce their carbon footprint and energy costs. The opportunity to bring the tournament to England would be fantastic, businesses of all sizes across the country would benefit and many of these will be the small businesses located around the host grounds such as food stalls, cafes and suppliers to the grounds.
James Anderson said:
“We have experienced some fantastic support so far in the series and it shows the passion this country has for sport. Being the host nation for a football World Cup would give English sports fans a huge stage to express themselves on so I’m not only backing the bid myself but also urging the entire nation to register their support at www.england2018bid.com.”