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England gripe about Germany's World Cup balls

AFP · 15 Jun 2010, 08:05

Published: 15 Jun 2010 08:05 GMT+02:00

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The controversial Jabulani balls were introduced by Bundesliga clubs sponsored by their German-based manufacturer Adidas in February and Carragher believes that has given England's biggest rivals an edge that was apparent in their impressive 4-0 win over the Socceroos in their opening match on Sunday.

"That is exactly what we were saying as we were watching," Carragher said. "It gives them an advantage anyway. The ball is very different. Every training session we do we always start with a ball between two, passing 30 or 40 yards to each other just for that reason alone. I am sure it has helped them."

FIFA and Adidas insist that any difficulty players have encountered with the balls here is down to the effect of altitude, not anything to do with the design.

That stance has been disputed by numerous players and Carragher believes designers will always try to tweak the specifications of balls to generate more goals.

"When you are making a ball for the World Cup the idea is to create more goals I think and get it to do strange things to make it a more exciting tournament,” he said. “But every cross I have seen has been overhit. It goes over the back post. I haven't seen anyone get a free-kick over the wall yet.

"It just seems to sail straight over the bar. Looking at the start, maybe it is not doing what people expected. People thought there would be more goals but apart from Germany I don't think there have been too many goals in the tournament."

Despite his criticism of the ball, Carragher said nothing should be taken away from an impressive performance that underlined that Germany will once again be a force to be reckoned with at the World Cup.

"They played so well. I am not looking for an excuse. It is something to cling to, that they might have been playing with the ball (for longer). I have had two or three texts about it."

Carragher added: "If you watch Germany and the teams come up, you wouldn't say the names roll off the tongue. But then when you see them in action and how they played against Australia it was very impressive.”

England's players, who could face Germany as early as the second round, were impressed by the creative quality of 21-year-old Mesut Özil, the chief engineer of the demolition job on Australia.

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"Right from the first two touches you could tell he had a bit of class with his left foot," Carragher said. "You could tell straightaway he is a talented player."

Germany's positive start with what was supposed to be a squad of modestly talented, inexperienced players is in sharp contrast to the stumbling entrance to the tournament of England's star-studded squad, who were held to a 1-1 draw by the United States on Saturday.

Carragher admits that the German mindset may be more geared to delivering success in football's biggest tournaments.

"What they may have is a belief of always being there at the end. Maybe that continues," he said.

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Your comments about this article

09:21 June 15, 2010 by saar
It does not matter what kind of balls England are gonna play with, they are not gonna win anyway.
09:50 June 15, 2010 by claudegaveau
Or Germany more used to playing with their balls than England.
10:20 June 15, 2010 by vjtheking
To win this World Cup, England don't need balls designed by Adidas. They need the balls that hang between the legs.... and sadly I've not seen that in any English team since '66 !!
11:19 June 15, 2010 by andthenme
Please change the headline, because it is not England, it is one or two players talking BS.

I always like England team but this time their goalkeepr will let them down. That guy should not be in English squad, he is of way lower quality.

Germany played very well, they were very well organized. And they are NOT in the easiest group. If Germanys group is the easiest, then how about Italys ?!!!
12:51 June 15, 2010 by DepotCat
O.K the USA goal against England is being laughably blamed on the ball...But why were the England team unable to put this right by scoring at least another couple of goals against the USA...Couldn't be that the England team are well...not very good.
13:14 June 15, 2010 by freechoice
Do we detect some kind of jealousy here?
13:15 June 15, 2010 by Der Grenadier aus Aachen
Stop making bloody excuses and play better football.
13:23 June 15, 2010 by snorge
Oh yeah, I forgot Australian balls are square and not round like the ones Germany practiced with...
15:01 June 15, 2010 by lickmyamericanballs
I bet you english brown toothed monkeys wouldn't be griping about my balls.
15:23 June 15, 2010 by franconia
It did not come as a surprise to me that the Brits would blame the Germans for their mediocre performance, in this case ADIDAS. In future World Cups will it be German beer , German air, etc. By the way New Zealand just tied Slowakia , a highly rated team. Will Slowakia sink as low as the Brits and blame it on the ball?
16:55 June 15, 2010 by marimay
England should have started using the balls sooner then, DUH. I'm sure all they had to do was ask... cry babies.
17:00 June 15, 2010 by pmach
France Germany and Spain to name a few had the ball in February.

England figured since they have Rooney (sorry I am laughing too hard) that's all they needed to win the world cup. They passed on requesting the new ball or showing any real passing or dribbling skill.

There game plan all along is to keep lobbing balls across the pitch to Rooney..its in the bag!!

Just more English gaffs I guess.
18:21 June 15, 2010 by JohnnesKönig
What a bunch of cry babies! perhaps it will be better to keep your comments to yourself while you still have a little pride...
21:31 June 15, 2010 by franconia
North Korea has no problems, only Brazil, see them play?
21:45 June 15, 2010 by wxman
This game eludes me. A lot of running back and forth with little scoring. How hard is it to kick a ball into a goal the size of a tractor trailer?
04:58 June 16, 2010 by Thetrotter
The English supporters can console themselves with the fact that at the last world cup Italy played their first match against the USA: drew, and than went on to win the tournament:
14:59 June 16, 2010 by pmach
@ Thetrotter

Yes that may be true for Italy but England is not by any stretch comparable to Italy, Germany or Brazil so those stats wont fly. Remember all England has is Rooney apparently.

Its not the first time that perfect German balls have left a bad taste in the mouths of the English.
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