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FA upbeat over Wembley fears.

THE Football Association insist there is "no panic" over the progress of the new Wembley Stadium despite contractors Multiplex today admitting it may not be ready in time for next year's FA Cup final.

Just two days after Australian firm revealed they face losses of up to pounds 70million on the troubled project they issued a statement to the Australian Stock Exchange which said: "There remains a material risk the stadium will not be available for the FA Cup final."

However, the mood inside Soho Square remains upbeat.

"We are still assured by Multiplex that they are on schedule to hand over the stadium on March 31," said FA spokesman Adrian Bevington.

"There is a critical construction plan in place, as you would expect, and that is being followed.

"We therefore are continuing to work towards playing the cup final at Wembley on May 13 but, as we have already stated, we do have the Millennium Stadium at Cardiff as a back-up.

"There is certainly no fresh concern or panic at the FA today in light of the statement issued to the Australian Stock Exchange overnight."

ENGLAND could be set to face Hungary in their first match at the new Wembley stadium.

Reports suggest the two old adversaries will meet again on May 30 as part of England's preparations for next year's World Cup finals.

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