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State of Manaus pitch is a worry for England

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The state of the pitch in the northern city of Manaus is another concern to add to the list for the organisers of the World Cup.

The stadium will play host to four fixture at this years World Cup, the first one being England's Group D fixture with Italy.

The sides could face another challenge other than the humidity in the Amazonian city, but they may have to factor in the playing surface as well.

According to the Guardian. "The surface looks dry and bare in places, with yellow lines running across the pitch. According to witnesses who have been inside the stadium this week, the ground is fully functional but not completely finished.In and around the changing rooms, naked power cables could be seen dangling from the walls. And, according to reports, outside the stadium workers were still applying a final coat of asphalt, while several security doors could be seen in their packaging, still waiting to be fitted".

Having already angered the mayor of the City, England manager Roy Hodgson is unlikely to answer questions about the pitch ahead of the match.

Comments which the Three Lions boss denied making when speaking at a press conference ahead of the match with Italy.

Mayor Amazonino Armando Mendes has already announced that the 7000 England fans who are expected to make the journey must behave like priests in his City.

England fans however have received wide spread praise for turning the image around where patriotism at matches is often in the news compared to off the filled problems were countries feared the arrival of English fans.

At the past two World Cups no England fan has been arrested for a Football related violence. 

Manaus' pitch is yet another for the tournament which has been dogged by setbacks and mass protests. 

At the time of writing parts of Sao Poalo's stadium has not passed a safety test which would mean that around 20,000 people who have tickets will be watching the match like you and I, on a TV screen.

Some fans may not even be able to get to the ground if train drivers demands are not met and the planned strike goes ahead.

A monorail that was supposed to link the airport to the city to ease congestion is another project which was promised but has fallen behind schedule and is unlikely to be used during the tournament.

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