Former Football League Referee Howard Webb will take charge of Sunday's FIFA World Cup Final between Spain and the Netherlands.

Webb, 38, has been handed the honour - alongside his Assistants Darren Cann and Mike Mullarkey - after his impressive performances in South Africa this summer.

The Rotherham-based official, who also took charge of this year's UEFA Champions League Final between Inter Milan and Bayern Munich, is the first Englishman to be given a World Cup Final since current Football League Ambassador Jack Taylor in 1974.

Webb progressed to the National Group of Referees in 2000, having been on the League's list of Assistant Referees from 1996-1998 before taking the line in Premier League matches.

In 2003 he moved up to the Select Group but has continued to have an involvement in Football League competitions having taken charge of the 2007 Carling Cup Final between Arsenal and Chelsea.

In 2009/10 he oversaw Manchester United's second-leg victory over Manchester City in the semi-final, and at the end of the campaign Webb took charge of the second leg of the Championship Play-Off semi-final between Cardiff City and Leicester City.

Taylor, who oversaw Holland's first ever appearance in a World Cup Final currently acts as an Ambassador for The League and he was naturally pleased to learn of Webb's appointment.

Speaking on Sky Sports News after the announcement was made public he commented: "When I first saw him I felt he had the ability to go a long way and I'm glad that he has.

"In the three games that he's had he has done very well indeed. He is fit, he is positive, he has always been a dedicated Referee and his father was a Referee before him.

"He is absolutely first-class. He has authority, he has ability, he looks very much like someone that's so positive it's not true.

"I'm highly delighted and it couldn't have happened to a nicer guy."