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The FA have confirmed David Gill and Lord Mawhinney will both be on Lord Triesman's England 2018 Limited executive board.

With world governing body FIFA expected to announce this month the timetable and bidding process to host the 2018 World Cup, the FA are fine-tuning the structure of their dedicated board.

Manchester United chief executive Gill and Football League chairman Mawhinney have been earmarked as voices from within football as Triesman's deputy chairmen on the board, with Minister for Sport Gerry Sutcliffe the Government representative.

The recruitment process for the England 2018 chief executive and chief operating officer is ongoing, the FA report, and those appointments will also sit on the executive board.

The Prime Minister's ambassador and former Minister for Sport Richard Caborn will provide support for the new board, after accepting an invitation to join strategic meetings, but will not hold voting rights.

Lord Triesman said: "I am delighted we have established an outstanding team of board members who are committed to bringing the World Cup finals back to England.

"Within this group, there is a wealth of experience that will be integral to the formulation of a successful bid."

He warns, though, there is much hard work to be done.

"England has to earn the right to stage the 2018 FIFA World Cup," Triesman reasons.

"Over the coming months, we will have to show we can do so to the highest standards and with the right values.

"People around the world football family will have views about what produces a great World Cup - and we will be listening and learning. If we have the honour of succeeding it will be because we earned the right from the members of our international family."

He is nonetheless optimistic.

"I am confident this team will put together a bid which exceeds FIFA's requirements and expectations by making the best possible case for a World Cup in England," added the FA chairman.

"We also want to show that a World Cup on these shores will benefit the development of football around the world and create positive change.

"The creation of this team puts us in an excellent position to develop further these objectives when FIFA outlines its requirements later this month."

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