PHOTOS: It's not just the pitch! Manaus shots damn Brazil's disastrous preparation

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England stars from Arsenal, Chelsea, Everton, Southampton, Liverpool and Manchester United have to combat a sub-par pitch in the World Cup.

England are scheduled to begin their FIFA World Cup campaign on Saturday, June 14 in Manuas, however, the pitch at the Arena Amazonia is in dire condition - it's marked up, patchy and dry. 

Even Carlos Botella, the head groundsman for the Royal Verd company drafted in to be responsible for the ground, has conceded that an "emergency plan" has been put into place but is unlikely to yield positive results in time for the weekend.

Botella told the Associated Press: "The maintenance has been complicated in Manaus. There are no roads, all the machinery and ­materials had to be brought by ship. There’s no fertiliser, no seeds. Every­thing has been complicated." 

The preparation for the Manaus hub of the World Cup was designed to show off the heart of Brazil's Amazonian trail, a contrast to the concrete jungle of Sao Paulo - the city that hosts Brazil versus Croatia this evening, yet it is an experiment that has backfired, with turf rolled up outside the ground as late as yesterday - as seen above.

England will obviously be impacted, but it is important to note that Italy, too, will be competing in the same environment - both will be handicapped by the heat, humidity and poor playing conditions.

Both nations arrive in Manaus on Friday, but the ground England were due to train on has lingering doubts over it's suitability and, following a flight from Rio de Janeiro, the Three Lions may instead be consigned to the gymnasium in their team hotel - the Blue Tree Premium.

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