Russia have won the race to host World Cup 2018, while the 2022 tournament will take place in Qatar.
England had held high hopes following an impressive final presentation in Zurich that featured Prime Minister David Cameron, Prince William and former Three Lions skipper David Beckham.
FIFA president Sepp Blatter hailed the presentation as “excellent and remarkable”, but it was not enough to sway FIFA’s executive committee who awarded the tournament to Russia ahead of England and the combined Spain/Portugal and Holland/Belgium bids.
Russia’s deputy Prime Minister Igor Shuvalov said: “You have entrusted is with the FIFA World Cup for 2018 and I can promise, we all can promise, you’ll never regret it. Let us make history together.”
And in the running for the 2022 tournament, Qatar were selected ahead of Australia, 1994 hosts America and 2002 co-hosts Japan and South America.
The decision to award Qatar the competition is a controversial one after the bid had come in for some criticism because of the extremely hot temperatures in the country, as high as 50 degrees Celsius, during the months of June and July.