UK boss Roy Hodgson unhappy NFL game booked near Euro 2016 qualifier

Friday November 7th, 2014

England national soccer team manager Roy Hodgson ripped the Football Association's decision to allow a National Football League game to take place at Wembley Stadium in London less than a week before England is set to take on Slovenia in Euro 2016 qualifier, according to BBC Sport.

On Sunday, the Jacksonville Jaguars play the Dallas Cowboys, the third and final NFL International Series game in London this season. England plays Slovenia on Nov. 15. 

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

There are three more NFL games lined up for next season in London: the Miami Dolphins will play the New York Jets Oct. 4, the Jaguars will play the Buffalo Bills on Oct. 25 and the Detroit Lions will take on the Kansas City Chiefs on Nov. 1. England hosted NFL two games last year and one game per year the previous five seasons.

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The Miami-New York game next season takes place five days before England plays Estonia in their final home Euro 2016 qualifier.

Hodgson is concerned that field won’t be in prime condition for his squad’s matches.

“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,” Hodgson said.

England leads Group E of the Euro 2016 qualifying tournament with nine points, three more than Slovenia and Lithuania.

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