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Weekend Argus (Saturday Edition) - - FOOTBALL -

League has its own deal with Nike. How­ever this would not have pre­vented Capello from al­low­ing his play­ers to prac­tise with the Jab­u­lani if it had been made avail­able.

adi­das had claimed it was the fault of na­tions such as Eng­land who did not take up the op­por­tu­nity to train with the ball – spokesman Thomas von Schaik main­tained it was made avail­able in Fe­bru­ary – but that is now be­ing dis­puted.

De­spite his reser­va­tions about the ball, Capello will not think twice about drop­ping Green – even though it would ef­fec­tively end his in­ter­na­tional ca­reer – if he de­cides he should se­lect ei­ther Joe Hart or David James.

Capello does not de­vi­ate from his pol­icy of re­veal­ing his team just two hours be­fore kick-off.

The Ital­ian does not be­lieve that this, or the lack of cer­tainty over who is the first-choice goal­keeper, con­trib­uted to Green’s mis­take. Capello has full faith in his meth­ods and would re­gard it as an er­ror on his part if he changed now.

Mean­while, Matthew Up­son has spo­ken up for Green, say­ing his West Ham team­mate was big enough to cope with crit­i­cism.

“He’s tough. He’s a big boy. He’ll ac­cept all the head­lines and the hound­ing he’s been get­ting, which I think is over the top but that’s the world we live in. I think he’s coped bril­liantly. He doesn’t want to hide. He hasn’t hid­den since the moment he made the mis­take.”

Green, as with all the squad, has been of­fered the op­por­tu­nity to work with Chris­tian Lattanzio, the sports psy­chol­o­gist em­ployed by Capello. – The Tele­graph

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