Crozier wants stadium 'to work'

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The Football Association chief executive Adam Crozier is willing to ditch plans for a new Wembley stadium unless a number of guarantees can be given.

Crozier would like to see a 90,000-capacity stadium replace Wembley, but said: "We're not scared of ditching plans for a new national stadium.

"If it can be made to work it will be a terrific thing to do, but if it can't work then no one would thank us for getting into it and then it all falling apart.

"What we are looking for is the certainty that, if we do go ahead then we are definitely able to deliver it and we are definitely able to afford it – and that is it definitely going to work.

"Look at the situation of the Stade de France, which is being bailed out to the tune of £10m a year. Look at Stadium Australia, which has gone into receivership just one year after the Olympics. It's a massive decision and it's very important we get it right."

Coventry and Birmingham have joined Wembley as a possible venue for the national stadium.

The Rangers midfielder Claudio Reyna, who played 90 minutes in his side's 2-0 win over Aberdeen yesterday, has been omitted from the United States squad ahead of the country's final World Cup qualifying match at the request of his club coach Dick Advocaat.

"Advocaat requested that Claudio be given time to rest," the US coach Bruce Arena said. "We decided it was in the best interests of both the player and the club to allow Claudio to remain in Glasgow."

Reyna's omission comes after the Americans qualified for their fourth straight World Cup finals last month following a 2-1 victory over Jamaica in Massachusetts.

The States begin training in Florida today to prepare for Saturday's academic match in Trinidad and Tobago. Arena called in the uncapped Chicago midfielder Jesse Marsch to take Reyna's place.

Costa Rica are the other Concacaf side to have already qualified for next year's finals with the remaining berth going to the winner of Saturday's Mexico-Honduras fixture in Mexico City.

The former Nigeria coach Jo Bonfrere has been named as Tini Ruijs' replacement as head coach of the United Arab Emirates. The Dutchman, who was coaching league side Al Wahda, will lead the team during January's Gulf Cup tournament in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.

The former Qatar coach, who rose to prominence when he won the 1996 Olympic gold medal with Nigeria, will take over on 21 December following Al Wahda's Asian Club Championship game against the winner of the match between Iraq's Al Zawraa and Al Wakra from Qatar.

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