England ‘have to play at Wembley for nine years’
Wednesday 03 September 2014
It’s been revealed that England home matches will take place at Wembley and nowhere else for as much as the next nine years, the BBC has reported, as the Football Association are still paying off the debt incurred in rebuilding the national stadium.
The Three Lions on Wednesday host Norway but the ground is expected to be less than half full from its 90,000 capacity, with estimates putting the number of tickets sold at between 35,000 and 40,000.
Citing the summer’s disappointing World Cup as a possible reason for the low turnout, the BBC adds that the expected crowd for the visit of the Scandinavians will be the lowest for an England game at the stadium, down from the more than 83,000 who saw England beat Peru prior to the World Cup.
Adrian Bevington, head of Club England, wrote on Twitter that “[Wembley] has to be paid for,” and “The reality is that the FA has to put events calendar on to do this. When debt free in 8/9 years, [there will be] more choice.”
He added: “[A lot] of work to regain support and rebuild excitement with England. [We] have to get pricing right [and] win games too.”
Bevington also revealed some of the high-profile opposition England are due to play in non-competitive games in the future, citing planned visits of “the likes of Germany, Spain, France, Holland and Italy over next few years.”
The game against Norway will be the first with Wayne Rooney as the team’s official captain and comes days before Roy Hodgson’s side begin their Euro 2016 qualification campaign, with a trip to Switzerland on Monday.
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