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Vauxhall confirmed as FA sponsors

The Football Association has confirmed a three and a half year sponsorship deal with Vauxhall that could lead to a return of the British Home Championship.

The agreement will last until July 31st 2014, covering Euro 2012 and the 2014 FIFA World Cup and includes all other 23 representative England sides as well as the men’s senior team – including the women’s teams, men’s youth teams and all the England disability sides.

Commenting on the deal FA general secretary Alex Horne said:  "This announcement represents a major landmark for The FA and the England teams.  I am looking forward to a long and prosperous relationship with Vauxhall in the coming years.

"Through a difficult economic climate we have concluded a deal of considerable value to the FA and we can now look forward with optimism. Everyone is aware of the difficulties of last year, but we have an opportunity to move forward and there is much in 2011 to be excited about."

It is rumoured that Vauxhall is looking to confirms deals with Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland which may then see the first British Home Championship for the first time since 1984.

Vauxhall managing director Duncan Aldred added:  "This is an historic day for Vauxhall. To become the lead partner of the England team is a great honour for us.

"We are delighted to be partnering The FA and hope to be a driving force behind the further development and activation of an expansive grass roots football strategy encompassing the whole of the country."

The value of the deal is unknown although it is thought it eclipses the deal the FA had in place with Nationwide.

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