Rio admits Wembley pitch concerns

Captain Rio Ferdinand has admitted the poor state of the Wembley pitch is a major concern to the England players ahead of Monday's World Cup warm-up against Mexico.

Skipper Ferdinand has spoken out after Blackpool midfielder Gary Taylor-Fletcher issued a stark warning about the surface the South Africa hopefuls can expect to encounter.

Taylor-Fletcher has warned the England players that their World Cup dreams could be ended by below-par pitch at the £750million arena.

Speaking after injuring his own ankle in Saturday's Championship Play-Off Final victory over Cardiff City, he warned:"I wore three pairs of boots and in all of them I was either slipping over or getting caught.

"The England players have got to be careful with a World Cup coming up. One slip and it could all be over for them."

Now Ferdinand has waded into the hot topic after admitting the pitch at the multi-purpose venue is a major concern as the Three Lions prepare to ramp up their preparations for the World Cup finals with a friendly against South American opposition.

"It should be a football stadium – that's what it was built as," said the Manchester United defender.

"If there are things going on there that make it a bad pitch to play on, that hinders the spectacle that is the football match. If that hinders it, maybe a decision needs to be made in that sense.

"But there are stadiums all around the world that are used for different things and they seem to get it right, so we need to look at it."

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