Authorities in Brazil face an uphill struggle as they attempt to complete the rebuilding of the iconic Maracana Stadium in time to host a friendly against England in June.

The Rio venue, which is undergoing a £377m upgrade, is due to host the match as a part of the celebrations surrounding the 150th anniversary of the Football Association.

The two sides met at Wembley on February 6th in a game that kicked off a year of events organised by the FA to celebrate the milestone.

The state of Rio de Janeiro, who are accountable for the redevelopment of the stadium, insists the renovation will be complete by April 27th.

That deadline is a self-imposed one that has moved further away in recent months with the project being inundated with issues.

The grass for the playing field was laid on Monday but the majority of the construction works remains incomplete in and around the famous venue, which held the 1950 World Cup final.

Posted on 15/03/2013