Adidas has played down press speculation that Germany’s international footballers are getting preferential treatment ahead of England’s by already getting used to the Jabulani World Cup ball.
A number of press reports have suggested that adidas has already supplied the ball to Germany’s top international players so they get a head start on adapting to its performance.
But adidas say the story is, well, balls!
Additionally, our contact says the ball is available to purchase by any club in the UK, should their players want to use it during training, and that adidas will be supplying the England team and the FA with the official World Cup match ball in the new year. However, England won’t be able to use the ball in a competitive situation on home soil as the FA is tied in to a deal with Mitre.
There is another potential problem for England on the horizon though. It’s reported that the adidas Jabulani could be used in the MLS next season, and of course, England play the USA in their Group C opener in South Africa next June.