I AM delighted to see that England’s Under 21 side is playing at Doncaster Rovers’ Keepmoat Stadium against Greece tonight, but why does our senior team have to play at Wembley whatever the occasion?
A few years ago when the new national stadium was under construction the England team had to go to Old Trafford or St. James’s Park or even the Stadium of Light, and taking the team around the country was a huge success.
England’s footballers belong to the country as a whole not just the capital and, while I can understand every British player wants to tread our most sacred turf, so do those who represent everyone from Azerbaijan to Zimbabwe.
You watch tonight. Egypt will play like men possessed, inspired by merely setting foot in one of the world’s great arenas.
I agree that every competitive match in European Championship or World Cup qualifying should be played at the national theatre of dreams, but not friendlies for heaven’s sake.
We are blessed with dozens of top class stadiums in this country – more than anywhere else in the world – and they should be utilised to show off our best players to the overall population.
Spain virtually never play in Madrid or Barcelona, ditto Italy in Rome, hence you’ll see international football in outposts like Elche, Valencia, Seville, Palermo, Bari or Naples.
Wouldn’t it be great to see England in Huddersfield or Hull, Sheffield or Southampton?
There’s no reason why not.