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Wembley official says playing NFL games in stadium not to blame for poor field surface

Jacksonville Jaguars wide receiver Cecil Shorts (84) is pursued by Dallas Cowboys defensive back Sterling Moore (26) and free safety J.J. Wilcox (27)  during the first half of an NFL football game at Wembley Stadium, London, Sunday, Nov. 9, 2014. (AP Photo/Tim Ireland)

Jacksonville Jaguars wide receiver Cecil Shorts (84) is pursued by Dallas Cowboys defensive back Sterling Moore (26) and free safety J.J. Wilcox (27) during the first half of an NFL football game at Wembley Stadium, London, Sunday, Nov. 9, 2014. (AP Photo/Tim Ireland)  (The Associated Press)

Wembley Stadium officials are refusing to blame the poor condition of the field on the decision to stage three NFL games at the venue in a six-week span.

Roy Hodgson, the coach of England's national football team, has raised concerns about the state of the surface ahead of his team's European Championship qualifier against Slovenia on Saturday.

Hodgson has questioned the decision to host the game between the Dallas Cowboys and the Jacksonville Jaguars on Sunday.

However, Roger Maslin, Wembley's managing director, says "this isn't so much a problem of the NFL but . slightly too much topsoil (on the surface) during the summer renovation."

Maslin says the surface is unlikely to be back to its best until March.