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England players not comfortable with World Cup ball: Capello

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London, May 24 (ANI): Coach Fabio Capello has said that the England team is experiencing difficulty in dealing with the World Cup ball.

Capello confirmed that the Adidas "Jalabani" ball is behaving oddly even in the relatively low heights of the squad's Austrian base-camp.

Capello expects the ball to be even harder to control in the High Veldt, where England kick off their campaign against the USA in Rustenburg, 1200 metres above sea level, on June 12.

"We selected Austria so that the players would understand more the way the ball behaves. It's completely different. Irdning is not as high as Johannesburg or Rustenburg but still the ball movement is completely new. That is why the players have to use the ball every day in training. That will be really important," the Mirror quoted Capello, as saying.

"I've seen that the ball arrives really fast and the players are having problems controlling it. For the goalkeepers it is terrible because it is always moving. For this reason every training session ends with shooting practice at the keepers, to prepare the players for the movement of the ball," he added. (ANI)

Story first published: Monday, May 24, 2010, 18:58 [IST]
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