BUEHLERTAL (Germany): England wants FIFA to allow players more access to water during matches.
England players were waved away from getting water at the sideline by game officials during their 1-0 win over Paraguay on Saturday. The match in Frankfurt was played in sunny temperatures of 30 degrees C (86 degrees F), and the English players admitted they wilted in the heat.
``There was a couple of times when you went over to the touchline to try and get a drink, and for some reason they didn't want us to,'' midfielder Joe Cole said. ``I don't know too much about that, but I think it's important in those conditions to be drinking regularly and (the system) needs to work.''
England director of communications Adrian Bevington said the team's medical staff was concerned about the players' water intake. England went through 70 litres of water during the match when it normally goes through 20 litres. He added that players who completed the whole match lost between 2 to 5 kilogrammes.
``I spoke to our medical staff last night and we're certainly going to make some kind of communication with FIFA, not a complaint,'' Bevington said Sunday. ``It's important that FIFA and the referees take into account that players are getting dehydrated, and if there's a break in play, or it's a goal kick or a corner or a throw-in, that the referee just factors in an extra second or two so the players can get a quick intake of water.''
FIFA later said it ``encouraged'' players to drink liquids during matches.
Cole said the weather was hotter than at the 2002 World Cup in South Korea and Japan and the 2004 European Championship in Portugal.
``It's the first real hot day we've had in training in our buildup, as well. It took a lot out of the lads,'' Cole said.
Dealing with the heat
He acknowledged England would need to train better to deal with the heat.
``Without sounding like we're making excuses we won the game but I think the conditions played a massive part,'' Cole said. ``You talk to the lads and any of them would say the throat was dry. We're not used to that, playing in those conditions, but we're going to have to get used to that. We're not going to use it as an excuse it's the same for every other team we play.'' AP