Remember when we were told England could be awarded the 2010 Fifa World Cup after South Africa had been deemed to be too far behind in its building work? Or what about that time we were told London was to be awarded the 2016 Olympics because Rio wouldn't be ready?
Now today we're being told England has 'got' the 2018 World Cup. The Daily Star has made a massive leap in assuming that revelations of widespread corruption behind the scenes of Qatar's successful 2022 bid, exposed by the Sunday Times, will result in not only the 2022 World Cup being moved to another country but also the 2018 World Cup, currently scheduled to take place in Russia, which will move to England. This despite the fact Russia has not been implicated in the latest corruption scandal to rock Fifa.
The Daily Star's sources are some unnamed "experts".
It seems a major sporting event cannot be scheduled on foreign soil without somebody running a fanciful story about a series of events that could lead to England having to step in and save the day.
It should be noted the only time in recent years that a bidding process has been re-opened and a new host city or nation chosen was for the 2005 World Athletics Championships, when the plan's of host city London descended into chaos and a new host city was needed.
Perhaps don't book June 2018 off work just yet.