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Sebastian Coe Leads `Repair Job' for 2018 World Cup Bid: Soccer Roundup

The following is a roundup of soccer stories from U.K. newspapers, with clickable links to the Web.

Coe’s Rescue Bid

Former athlete Sebastian Coe will lead England’s “repair job” to salvage its 2018 World Cup bid after the top official quit, the Daily Mail reported.

Football Association Chairman David Triesman quit yesterday after the Mail on Sunday reported that he said rival bidder Spain might collude with Russia.

Coe oversaw London’s successful 2012 Olympic Games bid and is on England’s 2018 World Cup bid board.

Former Tottenham chairman Alan Sugar said he’s interested in replacing Triesman at the F.A., the Sun reported.

Reds Chase Cole

Liverpool and Aston Villa are vying to sign West Ham’s England striker Carlton Cole, the Daily Mirror reported.

The Hammers rejected a 10 million-pound ($14.4 million) offer from Birmingham City for the 26-year-old Cole, the Mirror said.

Birmingham Bid

Birmingham made an 8 million-pound bid for Wigan winger Charles N’Zogbia, the Daily Mail reported.

Wigan paid 6 million pounds to sign N’Zogbia from Newcastle 15 months ago and now values him at 15 million pounds, the Mail said.

Wembley Warm-Up

England players want to switch a World Cup warm-up against Mexico away from Wembley Stadium because of the state of the field, the Sun reported.

It may be too late to change the venue because tickets for next week’s match have been sold, the Sun said.

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