If England's bid is successful next December, FIFA - footie's governing body - will pick the final 12 stadiums where matches will be played. Here are the 16 named yesterday.
WEMBLEY: Cost a world record £800 million to build. Would be perfect final venue with a 90,000 capacity.
OLD TRAFFORD: Manchester United's home is England's largest club ground with a 76,212 capacity.
EMIRATES: The Arsenal ground will attract business with its exec boxes. It holds 60,335.
NEW WHITE HART LANE: Tottenham's new venue should be ready by 2012 and will host 58,000 fans.
ST JAMES' PARK: Newcastle's home has the biggest cantilevered roof in Europe. Capacity 52,387.
NEW CITY GROUND: Nottingham Forest plan to move to a new 50,000-seat venue.
STADIUM OF LIGHT: Sunderland's stadium holds 49,000 but can rise to 69,500.
CITY OF MANCHESTER STADIUM: Man City's home, was built for the 2002 Commonwealth Games. Capacity: 47,726.
ANFIELD: Liverpool's ground holds 45,522. There are plans for a new Anfield - if built in time - which will hold 60,000.
VILLA PARK: Aston Villa have plans to rebuild the North Stand and increase capacity to 51,000.
HILLSBOROUGH: Sheffield Wednesday aim to increase ca¼pacity to 44,000.
ELLAND ROAD: Leeds United also plan to expand - to 50,000.
STADIUM:MK: MK Dons' home holds 22,000 but can go to 32,000.
NEW ASHTON GATE: Bristol City's proposed new home will hold 30,000 but can rise to 40,000.
OLYMPIC STADIUM: Will be picked if Spurs' new ground is not completed. Capacity 30,000.
HOME PARK: Plymouth's ground plans to more than double capacity to 42,000 - but only if the World Cup bid succeeds.