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South American blow to bid

England's 2018 bid hopes have been dealt a blow after it was reported that South America's three FIFA members will all vote for Spain/Portugal.

Although they had been expected to vote for the Iberian bid this is the first confirmation - and England international president David Dein has visited Paraguay this week in the hope of persuading at least one, Nicolas Leoz, to back England.

The South American position was confirmed by their federation CONMEBOL's general secretary Eduardo Deluca, according to reports.

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