Roy Hodgson has rejected claims that England are gearing up to play long ball with his inclusion of Andy Carroll in the starting line-up, with Ashley Young operating behind him. Hodgson responded that by saying that Rinus Michels, the man behind the famed ‘Total Football’ philosophy, always insisted on having a big man upfront who would be utilised in a more direct style if needed during games. Hodgson insisted that even the most possession-obsessed sides mixed up their styles and if it was good enough for them it would be good enough for England.
Elsewhere in the news Roberto Martinez is set for further talks with Liverpool; Manchester City won’t be a top seed in the Champions League, while Chelsea are planning to make their move for Pep Guardiola.
Roy Hodgson has urged his England players to prove they can cut it at top level international football – Guardian
Roberto Martinez is set to return for further talks with Liverpool in the coming week with a view of him succeeding Kenny Dalglish – Guardian
FIFA will insist that referees will also undertake drug tests to ensure they aren’t using any performance enhancing stimulants – Guardian
Chelsea are planning to make a move for Pep Guardiola after being heartened by reports that he maybe wavering over his plans to take a year-long break – Daily Telegraph
Manchester City face the prospect of a ‘group of death’ in the Champions League next season as their failure in the competition last year means they won’t be included among the top seeds – Daily Telegraph
Clint Dempsey has hinted that he may leave Fulham this summer in pursuit of Champions League football – Independent
Jan Vertonghen has warned Tottenham to move quickly to wrap up a deal to sign or risk losing him – Sun
Luis Suarez says that his ‘conscience remains clear’ with regards to his race row with Patrice Evra – Independent
Joey Barton won’t appeal his 12 match ban as QPR look set to launch an investigation into his actions and whether they will look to retain his services for next season – Daily Mail
Ray Wilkins has emerged as a rival candidate with Claudio Ranieri for the vacant job at the Hawthorns – Daily Mail
Kyle Walker believes that Tottenham can challenge for the title next season, providing they keep hold of their best players – Sun
Newcastle United is on the trail of the highly-rated Venezuela international Roberto Rosales, according to the player’s agent – Newcastle Chronicle