Sir Alex Ferguson has warned England they face "a big problem" playing on an artificial pitch against Russia next week. The Euro 2008 qualifier in the Luzhniki Stadium on Wednesday night will be the first time England have played an international on artificial turf and the Manchester United boss believes Russia will benefit from their experience of the surface.
"The problem they will have is the bounce of the ball, the speed of the ball and, of course, Russia will be far more used to it than English players. That will be a big problem, it's not easy to handle that."
One of United's artificial pitches is outdoors and the other indoors - but the players hardly ever use them. Ferguson added: "In my time here at Carrington we have used the indoor pitch just once - for work on set-pieces."