England manager unhappy with the FA's scheduling

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England manager Roy Hodgson has been speaking ahead of his team's Euro 2016 qualifier with Slovenia next week, and he has struck out at the FA and the NFL.

Hodgson has stressed his displeasure with the FA for allowing the NFL to stage a game on the Wembley turf just days before his side are set to play there.

London is once again abuzz with NFL fever as we head into the third and final regular season game to be held at the national stadium this year.

But with the Dallas Cowboys and Jacksonville Jaguars scheduled to square off this weekend, Hodgson is one man not eager about the weekend's festivities.

"I can't pretend that is something that makes me leap for joy," - Roy Hodgson on the NFL in London

There is one more round of Premier League games before Hodgson will be assembling his team for the internationals and his quotes to the media ahead of this weekend's sport will surely get people talking.


Hodgson is unhappy that the NFL will be invading London just six days before England's qualifying match and he fears for the state of the pitch.

At the insistence of Hodgson's predecessor Fabio Capello, the FA laid a £250,000 desso pitch four years ago that has held up well thus far.

But now he fears for the state of the pitch and when asked about his thoughts on the NFL this Sunday, he said:

"If I was asked if it was a good thing or not, I would have to say not."

Should England go on to struggle in the game with Slovenia next week, it will be interesting to see if Hodgson brings up the NFL once again. 

Hodgson may have to learn to live with the NFL staying in London as it was announced on Thursday that there will be three more games held at the venue next year.

When the top two collide

Even though Slovenia may not be the biggest name in European football, they will be a big challenge when they come to London.

Slovenia sit second in Group E three points behind England who have won all three games in qualifying so far.

England have undoubtedly been impressive in the group scoring eight goals in three games and yet to concede.

Only time will tell if the effects of Sunday's game will impede the English stars but if they do struggle to move the ball around the pitch, we may know where to look.

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