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Old footballing adversaries Bobby Robson and Franz Beckenbauer have come together to back Wembley as the location f...
Old footballing adversaries Bobby Robson and Franz Beckenbauer have come together to back Wembley as the location for the new national football stadium.

Robson and Beckenbauer, former managerial adversaries from the epic 1990 World Cup semi-final, have also been joined by Ipswich Town manager George Burley and England and Arsenal star Ashley Cole in backing Wembley.

Robson said: 'Wembley is recognised as the home of English football around the world and I believe it should remain so in the future. Wembley is one of the greatest stadium names in the world along with the Maracana, Azteca, Nou Camp, the Olympic stadium and Stade De France. It would be a great loss to the world of football if Wembley was no longer the home of English football.'

While Beckenbauer, vice-president of the German FA, echoing the views of Geoff Hurst said: 'Wembley is historic. Footballers all over the world have grown up wanting to play there. It is up to the FA to save the place.'

George Burley, manager of Ipswich Town and former FA Cup winner at Wembley said: 'Football at Wembley is a great tradition - the stadium being renowned all over the world as England's national stadium. I hope we see the game return there again one day.'

Arsenal and England star Ashley Cole, who is concerned that his dream of playing at Wembley could be lost, said: 'As a kid I used to dream of playing at Wembley. Now my dream could betaken away.'

Robson, Beckenbauer, Burley and Cole join the growing ranks from the world of football backing Wembley as the best option for the national stadium, which include Geoff Hurst, Pele and David Platt.

Mayor of London Ken Livingstone said: 'I am delighted that these leading football figures have backed Wembley. Their support backs what the nation has already said: its got to be Wembley, and demonstrates the huge pull that Wembley has throughout the world of football and how impossible it would be to replace.'


1. A nationwide survey commissioned by the Wembley Taskforce found that 46% of the public backed Wembley as the location for the new national stadium (see LGCnet). 24% were against and 30% expressed no opinion.

2. The survey, carried out by Research Surveys of Great Britain, questioned a 1,000 people between 18th July and 22nd July 2001.

3. Of those who expressed an opinion the percentage supporting Wembley rises to 65%.

Wembley was the favoured location for the new national football stadium in all regions of the country except the West Midlands and the North West.

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