Euro 2012 - Paper Round: Capello 'gets Rooney off'

Fri, 09 Dec 08:59:00 2011

So Wayne Rooney has seen his three-match ban at Euro 2012 reduced by a game and according to some of Friday's papers he has England manager Fabio Capello to thank.

England striker Wayne Rooney (front) and England manager Fabio Capello look on before an appeal hearing at the Disciplinary Commission at the UEFA headquarters in Nyon - 0

It is believed that Capello told the UEFA disciplinary panel in Switzerland that Rooney's red card against Montenegro was his fault, and that he should have taken off the striker at half-time of the match.

As the Guardian explains: "Capello told a three-man panel at UEFA headquarters in Nyon that he should have substituted Rooney at half-time in Podgorica as, in the England manager's opinion and contrary to what was said in public at the time, the Manchester United forward was distracted by the arrest of his father and uncle 24 hours before the game as part of an investigation into betting irregularities."

We remind you that after the match in Podgorica, Capello said it was "no mistake" to pick Rooney, but it is easy to change your tune when there is something to gain.

So now, as the rhyme happy back-page sub editor of the Sun lets us know: "Wayne/The brain/Will face/Ukraine."

To transfer rumours and it appears that Arsenal and Tottenham are set to battle it out for the signature of a centre-half, it is just not clear which one.

There is speculation in a couple of papers that both clubs, but particularly Arsenal, are keen to sign Alex after the 29-year-old was placed on the transfer list by Chelsea.

However, the Daily Mail also claims that both North London rivals are keen on Ajax defender Jan Vertonghen, with the Belgian valued in the 10 million bracket. (Daily Mail)

Aston Villa boss Alex McLeish is considering Newcastle's Danny Guthrie to replace Jermaine Jenas who has been ruled out for the season. (Daily Mirror)

Chelsea and Manchester City are ready to move for Ajax star Gregory van der Wiel next month. The Holland right-back is also wanted by Valencia. (The Sun)

Stoke are ready to make a January swoop for Crystal Palace starlet Wilfried Zaha and will offer 3 million for the 19-year-old. (Daily Mirror)

West Ham are keen to sign Chelsea star Nicolas Anelka in the summer, but know they will have to win promotion to the Premier League first. (The Sun)

Arsenal, Chelsea and Aston Villa are all "monitoring" Blackburn's Steven Nzonzi, with Russian club Spartak Moscow also chasing the 7m-rated Frenchman. (The Sun)

Paris St Germain have met with Salomon Kalou in a bid to sign him from Chelsea at the end of the season when his contract runs out. (The Sun)

QPR have joined the chase for Birmingham’s Liam Ridgewell. The versatile left-sided defender is set to leave in January after requesting a transfer in August (Daily Mirror), while the Rs' midfielder Alejandro Faurlin is attracting interest from Napoli and two unnamed Premier League clubs (Daily Mail).

And finally, West Brom and Wigan are lining up moves for Nottingham Forest captain Luke Chambers. The 26-year-old is out of contract at the end of the season and is yet to agree a new deal at the City Ground. (Daily Mail)

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