World Cup ball blasted by keepers

David de Gea

Marc-Andre ter Stegen and David de Gea have criticised the new World Cup ball ahead of the tournament that kicks off in June.

The Adidas Telstar will be in use throughout the competition in Russia, and replaces the Adidas Brazuca that was used in Brazil during the 2014 World Cup.

The last time there was any real controversy over a ball used for the quadrennial tournament was in South Africa in 2010, where players, most notably goalkeepers said that the Adidas Jabulani was too light and moved through the air too much.

Now the FC Bayern Mรผnchen and Manchester United stopstoppers have made similar claims, following Spain’s international friendly 1-1 draw with Germany on Friday.

After the match, De Gea said: “It’s really strange. It could have been made a lot better.”

Ter Stegen, meanwhile, told AS:ย  “The ball could be better; it moves a lot.

“But I think we’re just going to have to get used to working with it โ€“ and try to get to grips with it as quickly as possible before the World Cup starts. We’ve got no other option.”

Pepe Reina though has called for the Telstar 18 to be ditched.

“They should change it,” the Napoli number one said. “There’s still time.”