TIME FOR ENGLAND TO WAVE WEMBLEY GOODBYE
AT last it seems England are ready to ditch Wembley and start playing at proper football grounds.
Say what you want about the ‘home of football’ but, to me, the place has all the charm and character of a Holiday Inn.
It’s not the ground where Bobby Moore lifted the World Cup or venue for the Matthews final. It’s a flash, overpriced vanity project bereft of soul or atmosphere.
The crowd are miles from the pitch, the corporates are always munching canapes. And with tickets upwards of £40, no wonder the FA struggle to fill it.
Is it any surprise Roy Hodgson is so keen to hit the road? He knows how much more special England nights would be at a packed out Anfield or Villa Park, both to intimidate opponents and lift his own team. More to the point, England should be for the English, not just the same bored Londoners who turn up to every game.
We are the only major nation in Europe who allow one city to hog the national team.
That’s a disgrace which – driven by Wembley’s need to cover losses – has gone on far too long. The FA must turn this ‘embryonic’ idea into a permanent plan.