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England gripe about Germany’s World Cup balls

England's Jamie Carragher believes Germany gained a huge World Cup advantage by ensuring their players had four months to get used to the ball they banged into the net four times against Australia.

England gripe about Germany's World Cup balls
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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.

“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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British football teams allowed to skip Germany’s quarantine for Euro 2020

Germany's government announced on Tuesday it will allow England, Scotland and Wales to enter the country without quarantine to play at Euro 2020 despite a recent rise in cases linked to the Delta variant of Covid-19 in Britain.

British football teams allowed to skip Germany's quarantine for Euro 2020
One of the venues for Euro 2020 is in Munich. Photo: picture alliance/dpa | Sven Hoppe

The three teams could potentially reach the quarter-final held in Munich on July 2nd.

If that were the case, they would be exempt from the rule that travellers from the United Kingdom and Northern Ireland must currently observe a 14-day isolation period due to the virus strain of concern – Delta – first identified in India.

“The people accredited for the European football Championship are exempt from the quarantine obligation, even after arriving from an area impacted by a variant” Berlin said in a statement.

“This exemption concerns all the people who have been accredited by the organising committee for the preparation, participation, the holding and the follow-up of international sporting events,” it added.

The exemption does not include fans, who will be obliged to follow German government self-isolation rules.

Germany declared the UK a ‘virus variant area of concern’ on May 23rd due to rising cases linked to the Delta variant in parts of the country. 

READ ALSO: Germany makes UK ‘virus variant area of concern’: How does it affect you?

This reclassification came just seven days after the UK was put back on Germany’s list at the lowest risk level, and barely a month after it was taken off all risk lists completely.

The ban was put in place despite the UK’s relatively low Covid rates as a precautionary measure.

A general ban on entry is in place for people coming from countries on the ‘virus variant’ list – such as India and Brazil – the highest of Germany’s risk categories. 

There are some exceptions for entering from these countries – for example German residents and citizens. However, anyone who does enter from Germany is required to submit a Covid-19 test before boarding the flight and must quarantine for 14 days on arrival, regardless of whether they are fully vaccinated or not.

READ ALSO: Germany’s new relaxed quarantine and testing rules after travel

Euro 2020 starts on Friday as Italy host Turkey in Rome with the Bavarian city hosting three group games as well as the last-eight match.

Around 14,000 fans will be allowed into the Allianz Arena for the fixtures.

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