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The whinging has started… England’s coach Fabio Capello claims the new adidas Jabulani ball, which will be used in the World Cup, behaves oddly at altitude.
Coach Fabio Capello confirmed that the adidas Jabulani 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 on the Highveld, where England kick off their campaign against the USA in Rustenburg, 1200 metres above sea level, on June 12.
Capello said: “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.
“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.”