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Wembley will not have its name changed

No name change for Wembley but FA considering revenue options



18:40 GMT, 10 September 2012

The Football Association will not be selling naming rights to Wembley.

Talks are taking place with a number of potential commercial partners as the FA look to maximise revenue from the world famous arena, which plays host to this season's Champions League final.

It has been suggested they could be linked to the naming of the stadium in some way.

Name issue: Wembley will not be changing

Name issue: Wembley will not be changing

However, sources insist there is no chance of a naming rights deal, such as the one Arsenal have with airline Emirates or Stoke have with the Britannia Co-operative Bank.

Even if they wanted to, Wembley officials would come up against a problem Newcastle owner Mike Ashley has encountered at Newcastle.

Although now officially titled the Sports Direct Arena, most fans still refer to the ground as St James' Park.

Wembley was rebuilt at an eye-bulging cost of 798million and re-opened in 2007.

Since then it has hosted a number of events, including NFL, rugby union, rugby league and a series of pop concerts, as officials try to generate increased revenue.

Most recently it hosted both the men's and women's Olympic football finals.

Roy Hodgson says England attention is hard to enjoy

Hodgson concedes England role's attention is not a job perk



17:17 GMT, 22 July 2012

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England manager Roy Hodgson admits it is difficult to enjoy the attention that comes along with his role.

Hodgson took the national team reins shortly before this summer's European Championship and has had to contend with the lengthy discussion that surrounded his omission of Manchester United defender Rio Ferdinand from his squad.

A lacklustre showing in the tournament also saw Hodgson receive criticism in some quarters, with England battling into the quarter-finals but then losing on penalties to Italy after an uninspiring goalless draw.

Day out: Roy Hodgson went to watch the cricket

Day out: Roy Hodgson went to watch the cricket

And Hodgson said: 'I don't know how much I enjoy it. I enjoy the job of being the England national team manager and I accept the things that go with that.

'I certainly don't seek out the cameras but I know they're going to follow me and I have to learn to live with it.

'I'm sure I will get caught out on many occasions doing something I shouldn't!'

Hodgson was speaking on BBC Radio's Test Match Special broadcast from the Oval, where he was watching England's cricketers take on South Africa, and contrasted the situation in football to cricket's central contract system.

'We can never get away from the fact we as a national (football) team don't pay the players,' he said.

'They play for the honour of representing their country, and their money and livelihood comes from the clubs.

Scrutiny: Hodgson says it is difficult to enjoy all of the attention

Scrutiny: Hodgson says it is difficult to enjoy all of the attention

'Which master do you serve, the one you want to because you want to play for your country or the one who pays your wages

'It hasn't been a problem so far, the clubs have been very co-operative and there have been no problems with players.

'I've been party to it with Switzerland and Finland, situations where clubs have an important game coming up and would rather their player stay with them rather than risk injury.

'It's better now FIFA have these dates where the club game is closed down for 10 days. They're doing everything they can to ensure the clubs don't suffer from loaning their players out.'

And he insists international football retains its importance to both players and spectators.

'The players do value it,' Hodgson said. 'On the evidence of the Euros, the commitment is first-class.

'Twenty-two million people in England tuned in to see our game against Italy – it's been suggested the national team is not viewed as being as important as the Champions League but more people watched our match than the Champions League final.'

Chat: Hodgson speaks with Test Match Special presenter Jonathan Agnew

Chat: Hodgson speaks with Test Match Special presenter Jonathan Agnew

Almost as much discussed as Hodgson's jettisoning of Ferdinand was Great Britain coach Stuart Pearce's decision not to select David Beckham for the Olympics.

But Hodgson said: 'Stuart was given the autonomy to select his team, it was his decision that David would not be a part of it and it wouldn't be appropriate for me to be involved in any comments towards that.

'I'm sure the decision has been debated pretty thoroughly but I've not been a part of it.'

There was an unfortunate slip of the tongue when, after acknowledging that 'several of the players might be of interest to me in the national team', he went on to refer to the combined team as 'England'.

'It should be a very good event, the England group is a very interesting one,' he said.

'It's a very good competition because it's open to the top professionals, that's very different to the old days.'

Chris Tremlett and Graeme Swann doubtful for England"s final warm-up

England's bowling problems continue with Tremlett and Swann doubtful for final warm-up

Chris Tremlett and Graeme Swann's fitness remain in doubt for England's final warm-up match against a Pakistan Cricket Board XI on Wednesday.

As Tim Bresnan flew home from the United Arab Emirates on Tuesday morning because of post-operative pain in his bowling elbow, Tremlett's eye infection and Swann's sore thigh were still keeping England's medical staff busy.

Tremlett had to miss the opening victory, at the start of this Test and limited-overs tour against Pakistan, and Swann was unable to bowl or field on the final day.

Injury problems: Bresnan (right) has flown home and Tremlett (left) has an eye infection

Injury problems: Bresnan (right) has flown home and Tremlett (left) has an eye infection

A scan on Swann's injury niggle has yet to take place, and Tremlett's eye has so far failed to respond to treatment.

England have other issues to settle in terms of appropriate preparation for all, in the three-day match against the PCB at the GCA ground, before the first of three Tests on January 17.

The uncertainty, particularly over Tremlett, opens up the possibility of a heartening return to England colours for Graham Onions.

Sore thigh: Swann is also a doubt

Sore thigh: Swann is also a doubt

The Durham seamer has not played for his
country since the new year Test in Cape Town in 2010 – in which he
helped to salvage a dramatic last-ditch draw by blocking out the final
over, for the second time in that series.

Onions subsequently suffered a career-threatening back injury, and a long road back after surgery, but was named as cover for England here and – following Bresnan's injury – finds himself possibly on the verge of a comeback.

The 29-year-old had inevitable mixed feelings at the opportunity which has come his way because of a fellow pace bowler's misfortune.

Back from the wilderness: Onions has been called into the squad

Back from the wilderness: Onions has been called into the squad

'I feel really bad for Tim,' he said.

'He has been an integral part of England's side for the last year or two.

'Whether or not he was expecting it, I don't know. But he hadn't done any bowling, and that's probably the reason why I was out here because there were certain injury doubts over him.

'It's up to me now to try to come into the squad and try and make a difference.'