Football News – Liverpool’s battle for Dutch ace, Arsenal to offer Ox bumper deal and much more……
Roy Hodgson believes that England have nothing to fear, as he prepares his team to face Italy in the Euros 2012 quarter final.
The England boss also believes that they certainly don’t go into Sunday’s game as underdogs and the players have no reason to feel inferior to the Italians.
“Italy has been stable without actually tearing the tournament up. So we’re not underdogs in any way. We have good-quality players who are recognised worldwide and, certainly, would get into a lot of the top European teams. I don’t know Cesare Prandelli but he is entitled to look at our team and say: ‘This won’t be an easy game.’ Certainly, we go into the game knowing we have good players. We’re aware it’s a tough task but I’d be surprised if any of our players feel inferior.”
It certainly promises to be a battle and most neutrals are expecting this contest to go down to a penalty shootout.
Elsewhere in the news Ashley Cole hails England’s bulldog spirit; Manchester City are set to table an offer for Robin van Persie, while Laurent Blanc plots a ‘boring win’ against Spain.
Scott Parker has revealed that the England team are focused on the job in hand against Italy and are not ready to go home from the tournament – [Guardian]
Laurent Blanc is planning to frustrate Spain tonight and is happy to play defensively as long as they prevail as winners at the end of the tie – [Guardian]
Chelsea have unveiled plans for their new stadium, should they get their hands on the Battersea Power Station site – [Guardian]
Manchester City is set to make a formal offer to Arsenal for their talisman Robin van Persie – [Daily Telegraph]
Ashley Cole said that he is proud to play in this England team that is full of bulldog spirit – [Daily Telegraph]
Daniele De Rossi sparks transfer speculation after saying Premier League is ‘more interesting’ than Serie A – [Independent]
The FA is set to fast track Owen Hargreaves through his coaching badges as they look to the future – [Daily Mail]
Arsenal is set to offer Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain a bumper new deal after an incredible first season for the Gunners – [Daily Mail]
Carlo Cudicini feels that Tottenham should go for Andre Villas-Boas to replace Harry Redknapp as manager – [Daily Mail]
Liverpool and Everton are fighting over Inter Milan’s teenage striker Luc Castaignos – [Mirror]
Gianluigi Buffon believes that Joe Hart has the ability to best the goalkeeper in the world – [Mirror]