The Frenchman, who could rival Sepp Blatter for the FIFA presidency in 2015, believes an increase in teams would only add an extra three days to the tournament's running time and would ensure better representation for non-European confederations.
Michel Platini: "It's good for everybody.
"I totally agree with Mr Blatter that we need more African and Asian (countries). But instead of taking away some European, we have to go to 40 teams in the World Cup.
"We can add two African, two Asiatic, two American and one from Europe. I support this idea totally.
"Football is changing and now we have 209 associations.
"There are more countries so why reduce? Forty is not so bad.
"You have three days more of competition and you make more people happy."
With top players complaining about too many games, why not go down the route that most fans have argued for years ... and (never mind 209 counties) get let the minnows EARN the right to play the big boys?
Have a qualifying competition for San Morino, Luxembourg, Faro Islands, and the like.
The best will earn their place in the major competitions.
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