Salt Lake gets thumbs up from World Cup teams

The Group F matches will start on October 8 with Chile taking on England in the group opener. The venue will also host one quarterfinal, the third place match and the final.

A file picture of the Salt Lake Stadium in Kolkata, the venue for the final.   -  PTI

Representatives of Iraq, Mexico, Chile and England were happy after their visit to the Salt Lake Stadium, which would be the venue for Group F matches during the FIFA under-17 World Cup in October, here on Sunday.

England coach Steve Cooper said he had no complaints about the venue. “The first impression has been good. The city has huge enthusiasm for football. We are planning to visit earlier than the schedule. The different climate and culture will be a positive experience for the boys,” said Cooper.

Chile coach Hernan Caputto said, “The stadium is beautiful, the group has some great teams and my boys will try to give their best.”

Mexican coach Echeverria Perez was impressed as well. “The pitches and the stadium are top class. It is a serious competition. Mexico has been preparing for the youth development and hopefully we will play the finals,” said Perez.

The Group F matches will start on October 8 with Chile taking on England in the group opener. The venue will also host one quarterfinal, the third place match and the final.