Paul the oracle octopus has become an ambassador for England's bid to host the 2018 World Cup, officials said on Friday.
Paul, who spends his days in an aquarium in Germany, became a hit at the World Cup in June and July when he revealed an uncanny knack for predicting the outcome of matches.
The two-year-old creature, who was hatched at a Sea Life Centre in Weymouth, England, has joined David Beckham, Formula One driver Lewis Hamilton and singer Sting among the bid ambassadors.
While Paul has officially retired from football punditry, his signing is a rare piece of good news for a bid which has suffered a stormy ride so far.
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