Premier League - Paper Round: Team-mates turn on Terry

Sat, 04 Feb 04:28:00 2012

The fall-out from John Terry's sacking as his country's captain dominates the back pages, with claims emerging that the England defender's team-mates have now turned on him.

2011-12 FOOTBALL England's John Terry and Glen Johnson (left) chat during training - 0

"We don't want you! England team-mates turn on Terry as the FA ditch race case captain" is the self-explanatory headline in the Daily Mail.

The report goes on to claim: "Sportsmail understands Terry was made aware a number of his black England team-mates had an issue with him - over his clash with Anton Ferdinand at Loftus Road on October 23 - during their last get-together."

Terry could make it a non-issue for those dissenting team-mates by falling on his sword and retiring from international football altogether, according to the Daily Mirror.

The same paper 'exclusively' reveals that Fabio Capello is "furious" with the FA's decision, while The Sun has the headline 'Capello facing Three Lions meltdown', which is sensational but nevertheless reflective of the problems the England camp now face.

It's a sorry mess, for sure, and understandably all the top columnists have been busy beavers since yesterday's announcement.

"John Terry should have done what was right for England not himself — and quit as skipper," says Steven Howard in The Sun, under the headline 'It would’ve been smarter to resign, JT'.

Brian Woolnough writes in the Daily Star: "Dump Terry and end this circus. John Terry is England's Nowhere Man. Discarded and distraught."

"Terry must be excluded if the FA is to find a way out of this moral maze," is the opinion of Henry Winter in the Daily Telegraph while the Guardian's Kevin McCarra has this to say: "The FA's move to demote England's captain is a reminder that the Italian is no longer a figure of absolute authority."

Former England manager Terry Venables points out in his column in The Sun that a man is supposed to be innocent until proven guilty before bringing up the possible illegality of the FA's actions.

And Oliver Holt in the Daily Mirror says the FA had little choice to strip Terry of the captaincy because, "the entire fabric of English football has altered in the days that have elapsed since (Terry was charged four days before Christmas) - partly for the good, partly not."

The fall-out from John Terry's sacking as England captain dominates the back pages, with claims that his team-mates have turned on him. - 2

To some transfer tittle-tattle to provide some light relief on what is an oppressive day of football news, and Real Madrid are set to make a swoop for Sergio Aguero in the summer.

The Spanish giants knocked back a Chelsea bid for Gonzalo Higuain last month, but may be ready to sell to fund a move for Manchester City striker Aguero. (Daily Mirror)

Anzhi Makhachkala are still hopeful of securing the services of Carlos Tevez, as the Manchester City striker weighs up his options with the transfer window still open in some countries.

The wealthy Russian club have more than enough cash to meet Tevez's nigh on £200,000-a-week wage demands but are yet to make a formal offer to City. (Daily Mail)

Barcelona have sent a scout to watch Gareth Bale seven times already this season as the European champions step up their efforts to lure the Welshman to the Nou Camp.

Tottenham are adamant their star man is not for sale, but Barca believe he does have a price, somewhere in the region of £40 million. They may be willing to offer a player-plus-cash deal at the end of the season to test Tottenham's resolve. (Daily Mirror)

Arsenal will put Montpellier striker Olivier Giroud high on their list of priorities in the summer (The Sun) while the Gunners, along with Benfica and Manchester United, also have their eye on Argentina midfielder Claudio Yacob. (Daily Mail)

And finally, Spartak Moscow are lining up a £4.2m offer for Everton's Johnny Heitinga, just weeks after signing his former team-mate Diniyar Bilyaletdinov. (Daily Mail)


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