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England soccer coach Roy Hodgson has been speaking ahead of his team's qualifying match for the 2016 European Championships with Slovenia next week, and he has struck out at the the NFL and English Football League.

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

The streets around the stadium are laden with NFL posters ahead of this weeks big clash in which the Cowboys will be looking to get a much needed win.


Four years ago, Wembley Stadium had a £250,000 desso pitch laid which has survived many soccer games and NFL games in that time.

But now the England coach 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."

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.

No easy victory

All the rumours ahead of this week's game at Wembley surround Cowboys Quarterback Tony Romo who is preparing to return from a back injury to start in London.

The Cowboys travel to England on a two game losing streak after defeats to the Arizona Cardinals and Washington Redskins have seen them slip to 6-3.

On paper, the Cowboys should be easy winners against the Jaguars who are also on a two game losing streak going into this Sunday's game.

However Jacksonville enter with a much worse record than the Cowboys as they have only won one game so far this season.

A 1-8 team against a 6-3 team shouldn't be a contest but if Romo is unable to play or is not at full ability, the Jaguars are more than capable of punishing them.

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