Hammers support 2018

West Ham United will be throwing their weight behind the England bid to stage the 2018 FIFA World Cup at this Sunday's match against Manchester City.

The players will wear branded T-shirts during the warm-up period and there will be stadium announcements with information on how fans can show their support as well. The matchday programme also includes a personal message from England boss Fabio Capello.

With worldwide coverage of the Barclays Premier League match, the Hammers support for the 2018 bid will not go unnoticed.

Captain Matthew Upson, who will hope to represent England at this summer's tournament in South Africa, said: "Staging the finals in England would be fantastic for the whole country and we're delighted to be playing our part.

"Every week throughout the season supporters show their enthusiasm and knowledge for the game at grounds right across the country which demonstrates why England would be the perfect venue for the tournament. We're proud to be supporting England's bid and hope our fans will as well."

England 2018 Chief Executive Andy Anson said: "The Premier League and its clubs have been tremendously supportive and their collective strength will provide a significant boost to our campaign during the last two weeks of the season. With the coverage of all Barclays Premier League matches transmitted across the world there will be significant visibility for England's bid and we're extremely grateful to the Premier League and to West Ham United for their support."

You can provide your personal backing for England's bid to stage the FIFA World Cup before our last home game. Simply log on to www.england2018bid.com and register via the official website or by texting ENGLAND to 62018. (Standard network charges apply)