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Everyone is saying the same thing about England v Costa Rica at Elland Road

"60 seconds in and already a million times better atmosphere than Wembley..."

Since it’s Love Island season, allow us to borrow a catchphrase…

Wembley is everyone’s type of stadium on paper.

The 90,000-seater theatre is state-of-the-art and offers excellent facilities.

However, in reality, you can’t beat an old rough-around-the-edges stadium.


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Enter the northerners

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Enter the northerners

England’s final pre-World Cup friendly took place at Elland Road, home of Leeds United, and the unanimous opinion is that the atmosphere was significantly better than anything experienced at the Three Lions’ London home.

And so on.

The noise inside Elland Road certainly inspired Marcus Rashford, although his Man United links mean he’s one of the least popular England players in Yorkshire.

The 20-year-old forward opened the scoring with a wonderful strike past Real Madrid’s Keylor Navas.

Elland Road is renowned for its atmosphere but there are many other grounds capable of hosting international football who could replicate such noise all over the country.

Wembley brings in the most money but most fans would love for the FA to spread the fixtures far and wide like they did when the new Wembley was under construction.

Something to consider after we’ve won the World Cup…


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