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Football: FA confirm 2007 Wembley delay.

ENGLAND will not play at the new Wembley Stadium until next year because building work is "significantly behind schedule", the Football Association confirmed today.

All planned matches, including the FA Community Shield and two Euro 2008 qualifiers, will be played at alternative venues.

Recent meeting with construction firm Multiplex and Wembley National Stadium Limited (WNSL) revealed further delays to the pounds 757million project.

In a statement, the FA said: "It is clear that the construction of Wembley Stadium is significantly behind schedule."

New venues are being found for the FA Community Shield, set for August 13, an England friendly on August 16, and England's Euro 2008 qualifiers against Andorra on September 2 and Macedonia on October 7.

The first match to be played at the new Wembley is now likely to be an England friendly in February next year - nine months after the original proposed opening match.

The Rugby Football League immediately announced that the 2006 Powergen Challenge Cup final has been switched to Twickenham on August 26.

Concerts by Bon Jovi and Take That scheduled for June have already been moved to the Milton Keynes Bowl. Other summer gigs by the Rolling Stones and Robbie Williams are also likely to be postponed.

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Date:Mar 31, 2006
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