FA’s Greg Clarke to embark on global tour with 2030 World Cup in mind

• FA chairman Greg Clarke looking to build bridges in Africa and Asia
• World Cup tournament in 13 years’ time will have 48 teams

The chairman of the Football Association is to embark on a worldwide tour of other Fifa member countries on a charm offensive which could help England if they decide to bid for the 2030 World Cup.

Greg Clarke has already visited two thirds of Uefa territories but he will extend his meetings to include Africa and Asia. The purpose of the trip is to build bridges and reverse a commonly held belief among certain countries that the FA is arrogant.

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