Manaus pitch worries England

England will send a member of their backroom team to inspect the pitch at the Arena Amazonia, which hosts the clash with Italy on Saturday, after the head groundsman admitted the surface was "in bad shape".

Last Updated: 12/06/14 at 10:58 Post Comment

The Amazonia Arena was constructed especially for the World Cup

The Amazonia Arena was constructed especially for the World Cup

More of the games that matter

2 years free Sky Broadband Unlimited for Sky Sports customers

Parts of the surface look noticeably dry and rutted, doing little for either the pitch's aesthetics or the confidence of the teams who will have to play the high-pressure match there.

"Frankly Manaus is in bad shape," said Carlos Botella, the head groundsman of the Royal Verd company which is responsible for looking after the pitches at several World Cup venues.

"We've started to implement an emergency plan to try to save the field and improve it as much as possible, but I don't think it'll be in good condition by the weekend.

"Yesterday we put fertiliser and we'll increase the fertilising process with biostimulants and seeds to try to get the most out of the grass."

Botella blamed access issues to the relatively remote stadium, as well as recent heavy rainfall.

"The maintenance has been complicated in Manaus. There are no roads, all the machinery and materials had to be brought by ship," he said.

"There's no fertiliser, no seeds. Everything has been complicated."

There have also been concerns raised over the readiness of the stadium amid reports of loose power cables and unfinished plastering.

Both sides will train on the pitch on Friday, but England striker Wayne Rooney said his team would not be looking to the state of the pitch as any kind of excuse.

"It's the same for ourselves and Italy so we'll just have to deal with it," said Rooney.

The stadium will also host three other World cup games: Cameroon v Croatia; United States v Portugal and Honduras v Switzerland.

More of the games that matter

2 years free Sky Broadband Unlimited for Sky Sports customers

Related News

Most Commented

Readers' Comments

H

ilarious, thanks for that. But if I may, I do suspect the reason of your partners' ire is not Tottenham, but most probably all the compusilve gambling :)

DannySmith
Backing Costa To Keep Banging 'Em In

T

wo police horses in a paddock. Horse 1: What's with the long face? Horse 2: I'm working St James Park this weekend.

hump3.
Pardew braced for protests

T

wo things. First, I can't stop reading your name as 'Dane Bowers'. Second, you used the words 'philosophy' and 'Redknapp' in the same sentence.

ajsr1982
Can United's Defence Handle Ulloa?

Footer 365

Premier League: Crystal Palace beat Everton 3-2 at Goodison Park

Crystal Palace came from behind to beat Everton 3-2 and pick up their first win of the Premier League campaign.

Premier League: Frank Lampard haunts Chelsea as he earns Manchester City earn 1-1 draw

Frank Lampard stepped off the bench to score against his former club and salvage a 1-1 draw for Man City at home to Chelsea.

Premier League: Frank Lampard has mixed emotions after scoring against Chelsea

Frank Lampard was almost speechless after scoring the equaliser for his Manchester City side in the 1-1 draw with Chelsea.

Mail Box

Liverpool Aren't Even Exciting This Season

Liverpool fans are seemingly resigned to slipping back into mediocrity, which in September isn't exactly ideal. Plus better Arsenal, Allardyce praise and an excited Saint...

Be Careful What You Wish For, Gooners

That's the message from a Man United fan in the mailbox. Plus, thoughts on Paul Lambert's new contract, the Alan Pardew dilemma at Newcastle and lots more...

© 2014 British Sky Broadcasting Ltd. All Rights Reserved A Sky Sports Digital Media property