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No one can work out whether they are watching NFL or England

England's game against Slovenia was blighted by the state of Wembley's pitch following an NFL game last Sunday

First they tried to call football ‘soccer’.

Now, having failed with that mission, America are using their version of football to try and destroy ours.

England met Slovenia on a pitch that was a closer resemblance to Hackney Marshes than an elite international venue.


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Cheer up lads

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Cheer up lads

The reason?

Only last Sunday Wembley played host to an NFL game against Miami Dolphins and New Orleans Saints.

Unsurprisingly, having 350 pound giants ruck on Wembley’s turf just four days before an international game did nothing for the state of the pitch.

‘Is this how they do it in the NFL?’

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‘Is this how they do it in the NFL?’

Pitch markings from the American Football game were still visible while the ball lurched unpredictably at times.

All of this didn’t go unnoticed.

Perhaps it was all just a cunning plan to have something to blame when England inevitably fail to live up to the lofty expectations placed upon them.

Either way, it’s refreshing to see professional footballers have to trudge around on a similar surface to the one a hungover Big Dave would normally have to on a Sunday.