Holyjoe wrote:sjc_three wrote:It has to be the most boring qualification group on record for England. The only consolation is a June weekend in Ljubljana for me to look forward to next year, but lord knows how the FA will gee people up to fork out top dollar for Wembley tickets for a qualifying campaign that is largely a foregone conclusion. Famous last words. And to be honest, I hope they are. It would make it more interesting. zzzzzzzzz
Are they locked in to playing their friendlies at Wembley or is there scope for touring around the country? I suppose they have to keep up appearances of showing respect and consideration to their opponents but in all reality qualification will be a formality for England from this group, and as you say getting 80,000 people excited about buying tickets for qualifiers against Lithuania and Estonia is going to be rather difficult. Why not play the Swiss game at Wembley but take the other four to different parts of the country, say for example St James' Park, Villa Park, Anfield and St. Mary's.
From what I understood, just in terms of making their payments, Wembley is absolutely locked in. They've moved the cup semis there for the same reason. You're right though, they'd have a much better chance of filling the likes of St James' Park - or they are going to have to absolutely slash their prices.
I can see the excitement for so many other countries, but this really is going to be a foregone conclusion for a sizeable minority of the "established" nations. Lord knows what Spanish fans are thinking about their group. They could field a youth side and still qualify from that group.