Howard Webb aims to referee World Cup final in Brazil

Webb aiming for World Cup final
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Howard Webb declares that his burning ambition is to referee his second World Cup final at the Maracana in Brazil in two years' time.

Premier League referee Howard Webb has admitted that he is aiming to referee the 2014 World Cup final in Brazil.

Webb took charge of a heated final between Spain and Holland in South Africa two years ago, producing 15 yellow cards to set a World Cup record.

The 41-year-old said that he would love to be part of the showpiece event in South America as it represents his last chance to take part in a World Cup finals.

"The World Cup is where you want to be. A World Cup in Brazil will be pretty special and if you are performing in high-level sport in whatever capacity you want to be at the big events," he told the Daily Mail.

"It would be my last World Cup, it was wonderful to do the final in 2010 but I would like to be involved in 2014 as well.

"I've had a look around the Maracana and that's one of the great cathedrals of world football. I've been lucky enough to go to all the major ones in Europe so to get to one of the greatest venues in football would be really something."

FIFA have released a shortlist of 52 referees being considered to officiate in 2014 that will be whittled down to 30 before the tournament.

Webb and Premier League colleague Mark Clattenburg are the only English names to have made the list, with 10 Europeans expected to make the final cut for selection.

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