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England: Ramsdale admits “difficult” weather adaptation in Qatar

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The unusual timing of the tournament hasn’t been enough to ease the difficult weather condition for the players.

Aaron Ramsdale has revealed England players use “ice vests” to fight the extreme heat in Qatar.

The hosts decided to move the World Cup to mid-Autumn to avoid the summer heat. But it seems the temperature in Qatar is still too hot for players who are not accustomed to the climate.

“We use ice packs, ice vests which we can use when resting,” Ramsdale told reporters on Friday.

“I knew it was going to be hot,” Ramsdale said. “I’ve been to Dubai on numerous occasions for football or on holiday, so I knew it was going to be hot, but I think adapting to it quick will be the difficult thing.

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“Obviously for us, it’s normally going into Christmas, dark nights and dark mornings, so how quickly we can adapt to the weather is crucial for us.”

The 2010 World Cup in South Africa saw a host of goalkeepers criticize the tournament’s ball. However, having trained with this competition’s football, Ramsdale is satisfied with its quality.

“It’s probably one of the better Adidas balls I’ve played with,” he added.

“I’ve never felt another World Cup ball, so I can’t go off that. But I’ve played with Adidas balls before and European Championship balls and stuff, so it seems fine to me.”