Paper Round: Hodgson 'to keep snubbing Rio'

The fall-out from John Terry's decision to quit England still dominates the papers with most leading on the line that Rio Ferdinand is keen to return to the set-up.

Paper Round: Hodgson 'to keep snubbing Rio'

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FOOTBALL England's Rio Ferdinand

Ferdinand was left out of the England Euro 2012 squad for 'footballing reasons' but his negative relationship with Terry, who is currently facing an FA charge into using racist language towards his brother Anton, was considered by many to be a strong factor.

With Terry now out of the picture it would appear to clear the way for the Manchester United defender to return to the set-up but he should not hold out much hope of a call-up according to the Sun.

Their back page reads "Roy's still blanking Rio" as they go on to explain: "Roy Hodgson continues to blank Rio Ferdinand despite John Terry’s shock decision to quit England.

"The Three Lions boss has not spoken to Ferdinand since he snubbed the Manchester United star for Euro 2012. And Hodgson remains reluctant to turn to Ferdinand, 33, to help him out of his defensive nightmare."

England face World Cup qualifiers again San Marino and Poland next month with a lack of defensive options due to injuries to Phil Jones and Chris Smalling.

Joleon Lescott, Gary Cahill, Phil Jagielka and Stoke's Ryan Shawcross are the names listed by the Sun as the most likely defensive members of the squad.

To some rumours about potential comings and goings elsewhere and as speculation continues to mount that Blackburn are ready to dismiss Steve Kean as manager, former striker Alan Shearer has emerged as the man they want to replace him according to the Times.

The paper also says however that: "Blackburn are also considering Tim Sherwood, the Tottenham technical coordinator, who looks after the development side at the club."

Internazionale are lining up a move for Arsenal right-back Bacary Sagna next summer. Gunners boss Arsene Wenger is confident his fellow Frenchman will sign a new long-term deal - his current contract expires in 2014 and negotiations are due to start - but Inter have made discreet enquiries and will pounce if there is any chance of luring Sagna away from the Emirates. (Daily Mirror)

Arsenal themselves have been linked with Icelandic striker Aron Johannsson. The American born 21-year-old is making waves in Denmark after scoring 10 goals in his last four games for AGF. (The Sun)

Fulham boss Martin Jol is set to revive his interest in Atletico Madrid midfielder Raul Garcia when the January transfer window opens. Jol has already been deprived of midfield cover by a string of injuries, and is considering an emergency move for currently unattached former Bolton midfielder Nigel Reo-Coker. They have also been offered two other free agent midfielders - ex-England international Owen Hargreaves and former Aston Villa and West Ham man Thomas Hizlsperger.(Daily Mirror)

Meanwhile, Fulham's young left-back Matthew Briggs could be about to cross London to join Charlton Athletic on a month's loan. (Daily Star)

Finally, Wayne Rooney could be fit enough to return to the Manchester United bench for the League Cup match against Newcastle after recovering from a badly gashed leg. (Daily Mail)

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