Monday, 11 June 2012

Chelsea FC appoint Di Matteo? Blanc to Man Utd? Sturridge to Liverpool FC?


Roberto Di Matteo
The Sun: Roy Hodgson has told John Terry: you're my warrior. 

Also: Ireland's Euro 2012 dreams took a pounding as they crashed to Croatia in Poznan.

Daily Mirror: Roy Hodgson has told his players to start believing that are good enough to spring a Euro upset. 

Also: Stuart Pearce has backed down in his battle with Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger and left Jack Wilshere off the 35-man Team GB Olympic list that was submitted to FIFA.

Daily Star: Steven Gerrard has hit back at England's critics and warned them - 'We'll prove you wrong at Euro 2012'. 

Also: The Republic of Ireland's Euro dream is in in tatters after an opening loss to Croatia.

And: Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers could make a summer move for Chelsea striker Daniel Sturridge.

Daily Mail: Roy Hodgson last night told his England players they are primed and ready to compete with the finest teams in Europe.

Also: France coach Laurent Blanc has emerged as a possible successor to Sir Alex Ferguson at Manchester United.

Daily Express: Roy Hodgson delivered a rousing call to arms ahead of England's Euro 2012 showdown with France tonight and told his side to believe in their ability to make history. 

Also: Chelsea are poised to confirmed Roberto Di Matteo as their manager in the next 48 hours on a 12-month rolling contract worth about £2million a year.

Metro: Manchester City are rivalling Paris St Germain and Juventus for the signature of Italian youngster Marco Verratti, who has been labelled the next Andrea Pirlo.

Also: England have come out fighting after a French journalist questioned the Three Lions’ status as a major football nation ahead of today’s Euro 2012 Group D opener with Les Bleus in Donetsk.

And: Fernando Torres fluffed two late chances as Spain’s hopes of making a winning start to Euro 2012 floundered against Italy in Gdansk.

Plus: Real Madrid striker Karim Benzema has ruled out a summer transfer to Manchester United, who he claims have been trying to sign him for four years.

Daily Telegraph: Roy Hodgson gives rallying lectures rather than rallying cries, but he has some stirring final words planned for his players before they step out at the magnificent Donbass Arena to face the daunting, smooth-moving French tonight. 

Also: Oleg Blokhin, the Ukraine manager, last night warned his players to prepare for "a tornado" of national support during Euro 2012 and dismissed concerns that matches involving his team would be marred by racist chanting.

The Times: Roy Hodgson insists that he could not be happier with England's preparations for their opening European Championship match against France and is confident the players can make the country proud of them.

The Guardian: Roy Hodgson takes his England players into their opening match of Euro 2012 against France insisting they have shown enough during his brief time in charge to convince him the low expectations surrounding the team are misplaced. 

Also: Roberto Di Matteo is close to being named Chelsea's full-time manager as reward for delivering the club's first European Cup, having agreed a contract in principle at Stamford Bridge that could amount to more than a one-year deal.

The Independent: England manager Roy Hodgson declared last night that his side could not have been more prepared for tonight's opening European Championship match with France, despite his mere 40 days in charge, and said his own belief in the players has surprised him. 

Also: Ireland's task in this group was never going to be easy, but its suddenly become almost impossible.
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