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England host Slovenia in a 2016 European Championship Qualifier this weekend in the nation's capital.

Whilst England are expected to beat their opponents comfortably, some Wembley officials aren't happy however. And it could well be the fault of the NFL

Wembley managing director Roger Maslin says the national stadium's pitch will "not be of the very highest standard" when the Three Lions host their Slovenia counterparts on Saturday, just six days after the Dallas Cowboys and Jacksonville Jaguars displayed their own brand of football on the hallowed turf.

Pitch Problems

The Jags and Cowboys cut up the Wembley surface pretty badly over the course of three and a half hours last night, leading Maslin to say that the playing surface was "not as good as it should be".

Maslin said the issue with the pitch had left him "slightly disappointed" but is confident it "will be back to its pristine state after a winter renovation". "While the pitch will not be of the very highest standard we want for the Slovenia game, it will still be a good playing surface," he said on the FA's website.

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Hodgson Unhappy

These issues with the Wembley pitch will just further anger England coach Roy Hodgson, who voiced his dissatisfaction with the NFL games being played at Wembley just last week.

"I don't really think you could expect me to say 'excellent, delighted, well done'," Hodgson said. "If I was asked if it was a good thing or not, I would have to say not."

The 67-year old added: "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."


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