Spurs keeper Robinson: Plastic pitch good for me
Tottenham goalkeeper Paul Robinson is confident he can handle Russia's plastic pitch on Wednesday night.
The unfamiliar feel of an artificial surface, together with potentially sub-zero temperatures inside the 85,000-capacity arena, may destabilise England in the home straight.
"It's a new challenge and it's certainly going to be different. I don't think anyone in the England team has played on that kind of pitch before but we trained on one a couple of times last week and then we will train on the actual pitch on Tuesday."
Steve McClaren's squad used a similar surface at Arsenal's London Colney training centre last week but they will try out one for real today.
The pitch at the Blessed Thomas Holford Catholic School in Altrincham is the closest match McClaren could find in England and the squad will be given a thorough workout this morning before they board the flight to Moscow.
Robinson added: "The pitch must be of good quality but we won't make excuses about it. We have to go out there and deal with the surface and the situation. It will be a learning experience for all of us. We have done as much research as we possibly can."