Paper Round: Rio feels snub is 'morally suspect'

Roy Hodgson must wish he could move on from the controversy his snubbing of Rio Ferdinand has caused, but the papers are refusing to let the matter die.


Each publication has an opinion and also speculates as to the reasons behind the decision - but the Guardian goes further by getting reaction from Ferdinand himself, albeit via a third party.

The paper reports Ferdinand as telling friends that he regards the decision to leave him out of the squad as "disgraceful and morally very suspect," with suggestions that his exclusion could have something to do with the impending trial of John Terry who, as has been well documented, will faces charges of racially abusing Ferdinand's brother Anton.

The Guardian's source claims that Ferdinand has asked: "At what point am I considered for a call-up? Is it when you get down to the Ryman League?"

The source adds: "Rio is very angry and he feels that every black player in Britain, every black fan and everyone in the black community has been insulted by this."

It has been a tough start to the England job for Hodgson but the man many thought should have got the position – Harry Redknapp – is not having things all his own way at Tottenham either, if a report in The Times is to be believed.

It claims that Redknapp, who has just 12 months left on his current contract, faces an uncertain future at White Hart Lane with the club allegedly in no rush to offer him a new long-term deal.

The report reads: "There is a view among some in the boardroom that the club need to start planning for their future beyond the tenure of the 65-year-old Redknapp.

"While there is respect for his work in re-establishing Tottenham among English football’s elite, there is some support for the idea of allowing Redknapp’s contract to run into next season before deciding either to offer him a new one-year deal later in the year or looking to replace him with a younger manager next summer."

The Times notes that Redknapp's name has popped up in connection with the vacant job at European champions Chelsea, while he also could be tempted by a big-money move to Qatar if relationships disintegrate further at White Hart Lane.

To transfer bits and other notes - new Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers has told the club to forget any thoughts of selling Luis Suarez.

“It is thought Juventus were about to offer £16 million or try to broker a cash-plus-player deal involving Eljero Elia or Milos Krasic," a source told The Sun.

"But Rodgers has spoken with Luis to gain his confidence and explain the new project and his role in the team. Luis is calm about everything.”

Frank Lampard is in contention for a surprise place in Stuart Pearce’s Team GB squad after his Euro 2012 heartbreak. The Chelsea midfielder, forced out of Roy Hodgson's England plans with a thigh injury, can be named as one of three players over 23 in the Olympic team.

Arsenal are in talks with Argentine midfielder Lucas Biglia - but face stiff competition from Real Madrid. The £8m-rated star has captained Anderlecht to a second straight Belgian league title and Real chief Jose Mourinho is a big admirer. (The Sun)

Former Chelsea defender Marcel Desailly is the surprise name on the shortlist to replace Brendan Rodgers at Swansea. The Swans have also reportedly held talks with Blackpool's Ian Holloway, while Brighton's Gus Poyet and Michael Laudrup are also in the frame. (Various)

QPR boss Mark Hughes is eyeing Fraser Forster, 24, as a potential new number one. The goalkeeper has spent the last two seasons on loan at Celtic from Newcastle. (Daily Mirror)

Sunderland want to sign Republic of Ireland winger Aiden McGeady from Russian side Spartak Moscow (Daily Star). We'll have a Euroscout on McGeady around 1pm, analysing his performance in Ireland's Euro 2012 warm-up draw with Hungary.

Monaco boss Claudio Ranieri wants to make Sebastien Bassong one of his first signings. The Spurs defender, 25, is also wanted by Russian side Rubin Kazan. (Daily Mail)

Turkish side Eskisehirspor want Arsenal midfielder Tomas Rosicky. The 31-year-old recently signed a new deal at the Emirates. (Daily Mail)

Liverpool, Chelsea and Manchester City are battling to sign 14-year-old Birmingham midfielder Foday Nabay. (Daily Mail)

Finally, West Brom midfielder Youssouf Mulumbu, 25, claims he is wanted by Newcastle and Tottenham. "I'm leaving it all in the hands of my agent," he said. (Daily Star)

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