World Cup 2010 - Lampard loves new ball

Eurosport - Fri, 04 Jun 08:56:00 2010

Frank Lampard believes the controversial new World Cup ball will allow him to score from almost anywhere during the tournament in South Africa.

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The Jabulani ball has drawn enormous criticism - mostly from goalkeepers - about its unpredictable flight, with many complaining about it being too light and wobbling through the air like a "supermarket ball", as Brazilian keeper Julio Cesar put it.

But the England midfielder practised shooting from long range during the World Cup training camp in Austria, and is confident that it will be possible to score from almost any distance given the way the ball swerves.

Lampard said: "The ball we will be using in the World Cup does move. I worked on it in Austria.

"It can move and fly over the bar. But, if you catch it right, even from a very long way out, you have a chance (of scoring).

"Even if you don't score, you put the 'keeper under pressure because it's hard for him to keep hold of the ball. I'll keep taking them (potshots)."


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