England denied use of World Cup ball.

Richard Piggford
By Richard Piggford March 27, 2018 08:28

England denied use of World Cup ball.

By Richard Piggford for EmpowerSports. March 27th 2018. telstar

 

Adidas Telstar – Official Match ball of the 2018 World Cup

England’s players have been denied the opportunity to  practise with the World Cup ball in the build-up to this summer’s tournament because of the FA’s commercial commitments to Nike. This means Gareth Southgate’s men, will have only one game to get used to the Adidas Telstar ball set to be used at this summer’s World Cup. This will mean only the fixture against Costa Rica on June 7th will see them use the official World Cup Ball.

 

England will face Italy at Wembley this evening, in what is their final friendly match,  before manager Gareth Southgate names his World Cup squad. The Nike Ordem V ball, will be used tonight and is currently used by the England players weekly as it is also used in the Premier League. The Ordem V ball, will also be used in the warm-up game against Nigeria on June 2nd, due the FA’s long-term contract with Nike as their official kit and ball supplier, a £34 million-a-year deal that runs until 2030.

 

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Harry Kane in England’s new World Cup kit.

 

Numerous top goalkeepers including; David de Gea, Pepe Reina and Marc-Andre ter Stegen have all hit out at the new ball, claiming a ‘plastic film’ that coats the ball is making life very difficult for goalkeepers. Spanish number two goalkeper Reina is quoted as saying: ‘I bet you as much as you like that we’ll see at least 35 goals from long range in Russia, because it’s impossible to work out,’ the former Liverpool stopper told AS. ‘’It’s covered in a plastic film that makes it difficult to hold on to. Goalkeepers are going to have a lot of problems with this ball.’’

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Nike Ordem V – as used in the Premier League.

Tonight is a big night for England goalkeeper Jack Butland, as Gareth Southgate confirmed he will be starting the game, as he stakes his claim to be England’s number one ahead of the fast approaching squad annoucement. Jordan Pickford impressed in Holland on Friday evening, whilst the vastly experianced Joe Hart, would look a safe bet to be one of the goalkeepers. It remains to be seen if Burnley’s impresive Nick Pope, is giving any game time, following his deserved first call up.

Richard Piggford
By Richard Piggford March 27, 2018 08:28

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