Ukraine give England grounds for concern

12:06, 07 April 2009
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"England will find it tougher playing in Dnepropetrovsk..."

England will be forced to travel to Ukraine`s third largest city Dnepropetrovsk for the World Cup qualifier on Oct 10, a move seen as making life as difficult as possible for Fabio Capello`s team and travelling fans, according to The Daily Telegraph.

The pitch at the 34,000-seater Arena Dnepr stadium, a Euro 2012 venue, is natural grass - but its poor quality in spring and autumn has led to complaints by visiting teams.

Ukrainian Football Federation president Grigory Surkis said a bigger stadium in capital Kyiv will be under reconstruction and so can`t be used.

"It will be a big contrast to Wembley where we narrowly lost," said a Ukrainian source. "England will find it tougher playing in Dnepropetrovsk."

The Ukranian national team have already played there once. In Nov 2008 they won a friendly against Norway 1-0.

The Daily Telegraph

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