England manager Roy Hodgson has admitted today that he is raging at the Football Association following the scheduling of the visit of the American football to Wembley Stadium. BBC Sport carry his quotes where he address concerns over the state of the pitch for their home Euro 2016 qualifier.
Wembley Stadium, home of the England national team, cost over £700m to build and this means the Football Association look to rent it out where possible. Since 2007 the stadium has hosted one regular season game annually but in 2013 this was increased to 2 matches. This year, because of the success of the London fixture, 3 clashes have been hosted by Wembley but of course, mixed with the bad weather, the pitch is now in a state.
Roy Hodgson, speaking in his England press conference said: “I don’t really think you could expect me to say ‘excellent, delighted, well done’… If I was asked if it was a good thing or not, I would have to say not.” Hodgson continued: “I can’t pretend it is something that makes me leap for joy. The pitch, unfortunately, is not in the best of nick anyway, which we’re all a bit unhappy with.”
Wembley’s pitch has been the subject of criticism for a number of years with Hodgson’s England predecessor Fabio Capello. England have been in good form so far during qualification but with heavy rain on the way and one more NFL game just SIX days before the national team face Slovenia in their Euro 2016 qualifier.
Unfortunately for Hodgson and England this won’t finish any time soon as 3 more NFL ties are scheduled for 2015 as well as rugby World Cup fixtures in 2015 too. Conversations continue too about the prospect of a London based NFL franchise that could see even more regular matches hitting the UK.
England fans, what is your opinion on the regular NFL games happening in Wembley Stadium?
(Picture from: Eurosport Twitter)