Kieran McCarthy MLA said: “This news is extremely disappointing for the whole region. I believe England would have made magnificent hosts for this competition, as they had done in 1966.
“The World Cup is the biggest festival of football on this planet and the excitement and publicity it creates across the globe can bring massive benefits to any host nation for years and years. There could potentially have been real benefits in relation to tourism and football in Northern Ireland had the bid been successful.
“I congratulate Russia on winning the bid process, but I am deeply disappointing that England won’t get the chance to host the World Cup in 2018.”