The news that the FA are considering selling Wembley came as a bit of a surprise this week. Whilst most seem unmoved by the potential sale former England assistant manager Gary Neville clearly isn't happy.
Wembley means so much to English football meaning that some are emotionally attached to the national stadium whilst the likes of Spain, Italy and Germany, more successful countries in international football, don't even have one.
The Krasnodar Stadium is an incredible place:
This week came the news that Fulham and Jacksonville Jaguars owner Shahid Khan wants to hand over a lot of money to take the stadium off the FA's hands, presumably with the thought of moving his NFL side to London.
Should the FA sell they could have £500 million to spend, potentially on grassroots football, wouldn't have to worry about the upkeep of the stadium and would still be able to play most of their games at the stadium.
However former England right back Gary Neville thinks it's more important for England to keep hold of the 90,000 seater. Neville took to social media to give his opinion:
Fa Wembley- Gary Neville (@GNev2) April 28, 2018
It's absurd that the FA should ever consider selling Wembley. It's a short term play that will be regretted forever . To suggest that the solution to grass roots football is a one off large capital investment into it is ridiculous if you could trust them to spend it..
Well . Wembley is a prized asset admired around the world and should be controlled by the association . The Chairman, CEO and board must take the proposal away. Their needs to be a dynamic leadership that create revenues in other ways.- Gary Neville (@GNev2) April 28, 2018
The FA have only owned the stadium since 1999 and it was previously privately owned before then so it's hardly difficult to imagine it being privately owned again in the future.
Selling would mean that the Three Lions would take their games between September and December on the road but there's still a good chance that the rest of the games plus the FA Cup semi finals and final would still be at Wembley.
Former England boss Sam Allardyce admitted he's a fan of the idea of selling, saying, "There'd have to be a certain contract that makes sure Wembley is still Wembley and cup finals are still played there, (some) international games there.
"But travelling across the country would balance that off very, very well. With the extra money coming into the FA, spent in the right way on development, grassroots and football in general, that would be a very good thing."
Now we wait for the FA to make a decision.
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