Pic: Roy Hodgson won't be happy when he sees the state of the pitch for England's game on Saturday 7 years ago

Pic: Roy Hodgson won't be happy when he sees the state of the pitch for England's game on Saturday

It's time to get the Miracle-Gro lads...

England and Italy are in for a bit of a shock when they see the latest picture from the Amazonia Arena in Manuas where they face each other in World Cup Group D on Saturday night.

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A story in The Guardian revealed that the pitch looks far from ready, with the playing surface looking very bare and sandy with just three days to go until the game. According to the story, staff at the specially built 46,000 capacity stadium have been trying to repair the playing surface in recent months after too much fertilizer left the grass undernourished.

We're not sure what they can do between now and Saturday but the pitch looks a state...

Pitch 1

Pitch 2

Picture Credit: Colin Droniou/AFP/Getty Images