Paper Round: England book plane home

Paper Round: England book plane home
By Eurosport

10/06/2012 at 16:46Updated 10/06/2012 at 17:14

England's plane home has already been booked for the day after their final group stage match, according to Sunday's papers.

The Sun on Sunday reports that the FA have already chartered a jet to take the squad and their entourage home on June 20, a day after England face host nation Ukraine in their final game. Sorry, final group stage game.

An FA spokesman apparently told the paper that it is standard procedure; though somehow we doubt that their counterparts at Germany's DFB have followed suit.

Several of Sunday's papers lead with Roy Hodgson's explanation of why he did not call Rio Ferdinand into the England squad.

The Sunday Mirror quotes Hodgson saying that Ferdinand "never came into consideration" since "I wasn't going to bring in player of Rio's age, class, background and experience to be a cover player".

Mirror columnist Ian Holloway claims Hodgson made the right call, but elsewhere in the media the matter seems to have been put to bed at last, with most of the papers instead focusing on notes of optimism.

Most eye-catching of these is in The Sun, where the injured Frank Lampard - nephew of Harry Redknapp, who was overlooked for the England job - gives an interview praising Hodgson as a "genuinely nice bloke", claiming that this will be a major help to the England players.

Speaking of Redknapp, one report in the papers suggests that he is on the brink of leaving Tottenham.

The Mail on Sunday claims that the Spurs boss is "close to the end" at White Hart Lane over the contract negotiations which so far have seen Tottenham chiefs refuse to offer him a new deal.

Redknapp has one year left on his current deal, but is apparently "open to the idea of a pay-off" if he is refused an extension in the coming weeks. Chelsea have been mentioned as a potential destination, but the Mail claims Redknapp could be tempted by a big money offer to take over at Abu Dhabi side Al Jazira, which is owned by Manchester City owner Sheikh Mansour.

Redknapp and Hodgson aren't the only managers hitting the headlines: the Daily Star Sunday claims that Manchester United are serious about bringing in France coach Laurent Blanc as the long-term successor to Alex Ferguson.

Blanc is "firmly in the frame" for when Fergie calls it quits, probably in two years' time, with France's performance in this tournament expected to be a critical early interview for Blanc.

In the day's transfer gossip Manchester City and Bayern Munich are considering an eyecatching swap deal which would see Edin Dzeko head to Bayern in exchange for Thomas Mueller. Roberto Mancini is apparently very keen on Mueller, who is more of an attacking midfielder than out-and-out striker man Dzeko.

Everton are trying to sign Manchester City duo Adam Johnson and James Milner, also according to the Star, with a bid to be made if and when the Toffees lose Marouane Fellaini and Leighton Baines this summer. Fellaini and Baines are apparently transfer targets for Chelsea and Manchester United respectively.

The Mail on Sunday reports that Manchester City are to write off £50 million to get Emmanuel Adebayor, Roque Santa Cruz and Wayne Bridge out of the club, with the trio's wage deals so high that Tottenham (for Adebayor), Real Betis (for Santa Cruz) and Bridge (for somewhere else) are all set to land the players for nothing to help City get them off the wage bill. Adebayor is to demand £5 million from City, incidentally, to compensate for the pay-cut he'll have to take if his move to Spurs becomes permanent.

New Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers is to make a £15m bid for Chelsea's Daniel Sturridge, according to the Star, while the Sun reports that Chelsea's Ramires wants to return to former club Cruzeiro, even though he knows it's unlikely the Brazilian team could raise the necessary cash to bring him in.