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England missed the chance to practice with the controversial Adidas Jabulani World Cup match ball because a package delivered to Wembley was mysteriously lost.
Adidas sent 25 balls to Wembley, which were signed for but then disappeared. England’s squad lost a possibly vital three months of become accustomed with the ball’s quirks.
A spokesman for adidas, said: “The Football Associations of all 32 countries competing in the World Cup were sent 25 balls in February.
“I can confirm that a consignment of 25 balls were delivered to England at Wembley Stadium in February.”
The FA is unsure of what happened to the balls after they were signed for.