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Psychic octopus backs homeland to host tournament in 2018...

Paul the Octopus is the latest in a line of renowned figures to pledge allegiance to England's bid to host the World Cup in 2018.

The octopus became famous for correctly predicting all of Germany's seven games in the World Cup 2010, as well as the final of the tournament. Now Paul has swum into the 2018 box to become an official ambassador for the bid, joining the likes of David Beckham, Rio Ferdinand, Lewis Hamilton, Noel Gallagher and Sting.

The 'psychic football pundit' has chosen to back the land of his roots, having been born in Weymouth, England in 2008.

"After his success during South Africa 2010, Paul the Octopus is undoubtedly one of the biggest names in football so news of him becoming an official England 2018 Ambassador is tremendous for the Back the Bid campaign," said former England international John Barnes, who is also a fellow ambassador for the Back the Bid campaign.

"I predict that huge numbers of people will follow Paul’s lead and Back the Bid, by visiting www.england2018bid.com or texting ‘ENGLAND’ to 62018. Since our launch last year, more than a million football fans have officially shown their support, including some of England’s most famous names. With the decision date fast approaching it’s now more important than ever to get behind England 2018."

Meanwhile, Nicola Hamilton, the manager at the Weymouth Sea Life Centre said: "Paul has spent the last two years of his life in Germany, but he is definitely a proud Englishman and is therefore delighted to put his support behind England 2018.

"We have had a number of football approaches from around the world but Paul was only ever going to choose his homeland.

"With his predicting days behind him Paul is now concentrating on a number of new projects and the England 2018 campaign is something we are sure he feels passionately about.

"Becoming an official ambassador for the Bid is an honour for Paul and everyone at the Sea Life Centre."



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