You all know I love my football. I've spent the last 25 minutes with tears in my eyes. I am so desperate to experience a World Cup in my lifetime in my own country. If we don't get it this time, I doubt it will ever happen. I'm so proud of all those who have been part of our bid presentation today. I've spent most of it with moist eyes. I don't knw why I get so emotional on occasions like this, but all the presentations have brought home to me what a fantastic World Cup we would host if we were to be awarded it. The host, Eddie Adekafe, was simply brilliant in pulling it together, giving it some grit and emotion. The videos were superb. Prince William may have been a bit wooden, but his very presence was more important. Cameron was superb, speaking with no notes, speaking with conviction and passion - unlike Spanish PM Zapatero who seemed totally wooden. Andy Anson was throughly professional and David Beckham concluded with a fantastic peroration -not a 'y'know' in sight!
What a pity it is that the BBC should have disgraced our bid with that Panorama programme on Monday.
Everyone else has pulled together and thrown the kitchen sink at this bid. It deserves to win. We'll soon find out if it does.