Football Association confident in England Euro 2012 base

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England's Euro 2012 base in Krakow

The Football Association says reports that England's Euro 2012 training base will be unprepared for their arrival are no more than "scaremongering".

Pictures show changing rooms in disrepair at Polish fourth-flight side Hutnik Nowa Huta's ground in Krakow.

"It's quite offensive to have to pick the newspapers up for what is just a scaremongering story," FA spokesman Adrian Bevington told BBC Radio 5 live.

He added that the pitch is the main facility England will use at the base.

"At this stage in time there is a bit of work that needs to be done, as there often is when we choose our base camp," he admitted.

"But come this June we are very confident that the facilities we have and particularly the pitch, which is most important, will be absolutely first class.

"In reality the team very rarely uses any of the facilities at the stadium apart from the pitch.

"What we are doing, as we have done in Germany and South Africa [in the World Cups in 2006 and 2010], is to work very closely with some pitch specialists to ensure the quality of the pitch when we finally arrive is of the highest standard.

"Unfortunately this is the sort of story that we have to deal with around this time of year every time we qualify for a tournament."

For their Group D matches against France, Sweden and Ukraine, England will travel a total of 4,800 miles from Krakow to Ukrainian venues Donetsk and Kiev.

Manager Fabio Capello insisted on Friday that he had not considered relocating England's base in the wake of the draw.

"It is quite disrespectful to the people who are going to be hosting England next summer," added Bevington. "They have shown great efforts already and great desire to be our hosts."

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