Gareth Southgate has been advised by a number of Premier League teams about the ground that English players will visit. England players will play next against Andorra, on their national pitch, the Estadi Nacional. Yesterday saw, among football news, Premier League clubs show concern over Andorra’s artificial pitch, which they fear will cause injuries.
Clubs from the English Premier League are concerned about their English players, that is, the players in England’s national team.
They have even warned England’s Three Lions national head coach Gareth Southgate about injury to their and England’s players.
These clubs don’t want their players suffering injuries if they play for England on Andorra’s famed artificial surface on Saturday.
The Estadi Nacional, in Andorra la Vella, seats a little over 3,000 people.
The national ground of Andorra has a 3G surface that has sparked widespread criticism since it first opened in 2014.
“It was by far the worst pitch I have ever played on,” said Wales winger Gareth Bale in 2014. “I can’t describe how bad, wobbly and hard the pitch was to deal with.”
Teammate Aaron Ramsey, rolling his ankle during the same game, also wished to never play on an artificial surface again.
Premier League Clubs Show Concern over Andorra’s Artificial Pitch
Since this incident, the Estadi Nacional surface has undergone a lot of work. But the Daily Mail reports that it is still not enough to persuade Premier League clubs.
They remain anxious that playing on the turf will put their top players at risk of injury.
Artificial surfaces seemingly put additional stress on joints like ankles. And with England likely to win Andorra regardless of lineup, several managers have pushed Southgate to rest his key players.
Tottenham striker Harry Kane has a history of ankle ailments. And, according to The Telegraph, Kane will possibly be at the very top of the list of concerns.
Kane has had seven ankle problems in the last five years. And while he is not understood to be suffering from any new ones at the moment, there is still concern. What if the Spurs star struggles to adapt to playing on artificial grass?
For what it’s worth, Kane himself seems to want to play and break Wayne Rooney’s all-time goalscoring record.
But it appears that his club would rather see him rested and focus on the upcoming match against Hungary.