Birmingham has been selected as a host city in England’s bid to hold the 2018 football World Cup.
Birmingham was one of 12 applicant cities chosen for the Football Asoociation’s official bid to host the World Cup, with Villa Park proposed to stage three group matches.
The city and region are expected to receive a huge boost in tourism and new jobs from the should the tournament come to England.
The other 11 cities forming part of England's bid are: Bristol, Leeds, Liverpool, London, Manchester, Milton Keynes, Newcastle/Gateshead, Nottingham, Plymouth, Sheffield and Sunderland.
The FA will deliver its bid to the sport’s world governing body FIFA in May next year.
FIFA’s Executive Committee will announce which of the nine bidding countries has been successful in December 2010.