FIFA are coming under mounting criticism from some top England players over the surprise introduction of a ball to this year’s World Cup competition.
The new Jubbly ball, described by players as being 'cold to the touch and a bit slippery' has confused even the more experienced professionals.
'Where did they get that one from’ asked England's Stuart Pearce ‘it came right out of the blue, not something we had been preparing for at all.
All our preparations are ruined. We might just as well have a squad of headless chickens running around out there.
We've had Wayne playing in the hole and Frank dropping off deep, but we never thought they might have to kick a ball for it to actually make any sense.
Anybody who saw the USA game could see we've never practised with a ball before.
It's too late now. We're just going to have to start planning for the next World Cup in 2006’.
When asked what it was like to hold the new Jubbly ball, goalkeeper Robert Green admitted he had no idea as he had not even been close to one yet.
'It's one thing running around for 90 minutes but to be expected to do it and kick a ball at the same time is really stretching things for some of our squad players' added goalkeeping coach Ray Clemence
'It's hard enough teaching them things like day of the week, the earphones don't go inside your nostrils, which one of the WAGs is supposed to be theirs and which team they are supposed to be playing for.
Showing them a ball is like starting from scratch.
There are too many rule changes taking place now and most of them completely unnecessary.
This ball idea won’t go down well with fans in the Premiership'
'He can say what he likes' said former Germany manager Franz Beckenbaur 'but for me Stuart Pearce will always be a number two'.
'Job not made any easier by having to kick a ball around' say top players
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