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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