A new pitch is currently being laid following criticism of the Wembley surface.

It was slammed by all four managers of the FA Cup semi-finalists and PFA chief executive Gordon Taylor described it as an "embarrassment".

The FA Cup final between Chelsea and Portsmouth is the next match to be played at the stadium and the FA released a statement yesterday saying work was commencing.

However, according to BBC Sport, the Institute of Groundsmanship has revealed that because of ongoing loan repayments the stadium will remain multi-purpose until 2023, meaning demands will be placed on the surface by a variety of sporting events including football, rugby and American football, as well as concerts.

A statement released by the FA tonight read: "We appreciate we have to improve the quality of the pitch and we are determined to do so.

"We've enjoyed constructive meetings with a number of industry consultants who support our strategy and we will continue to liaise with them.

"Under the current business plan there is provision for pitches to be changed over the course of a season, but there is no set number for this.

"We will continue to review, monitor and work with industry experts to deliver a football pitch to the quality everyone in the country wants."