Roy Hodgson is looking ahead to what might be the most torrid or terrific three weeks in his managerial career. The England boss is under no illusions about the pressure and criticisms that he is likely to face, but says that as long as the players don’t con him and put in the performances on the pitch that he is expecting from them, then he has no room for complaints. Hodgson says he will take any negatives that come out of this tournament and work hard to ensure they are eradicated ahead of the World Cup in Brazil.
Elsewhere in the news, Harry Redknapp is reportedly on the brink at Tottenham; Peter Hill-Wood says that Arsenal won’t be offer the same high wages that are on offer at clubs like City, while Steven Gerrard is the one player the French national team fear.
Roy Hodgson has spoken about his omission of Rio Ferdinand from his England squad and said he would refuse to pick a player just based on his reputation alone – Guardian
Steven Gerrard is the one player that the French national team truly fear, according to Newcastle United’s Yohan Cabaye – Guardian
Russia have been hit with a disciplinary probe after sections of their support directed racist abuse towards the Czech Republic’s Gebre Selassie – Guardian
Joey Barton has slammed Roy Hodgson’s England squad and believes that if his attitude was better then he would walk into this team – Daily Telegraph
Robbie Keane believes that the Republic of Ireland have the ability and spirit to get out of the Group stages of the Euros – Daily Telegraph
Slaven Bilic is banking on Everton striker Jelavic to bang the goals in to give him one last hurrah as Croatia manager – Independent
Stoke City have expressed an interest in bringing Michael Owen to the Britannia Stadium after the striker was released by Manchester United – Independent
Harry Redknapp’s long term future at Tottenham remains is in doubt and it appears that Sheikh Monsour may give him an escape route by offering him the Al Jazira job – Daily Mail
Glenn Hoddle believes that Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain could have the same impact in the England squad that Michael Owen had in France 1998, if given the chance – Daily Mail
Peter Hill-Wood says that Robin van Persie will have to look elsewhere if he is chasing more money. The Arsenal chairman says that Arsenal cannot compete with the Man City’s of this world when it comes to high wages – Mirror
Manchester City are prepared to write off £50m in unwanted talent in an attempt to clear the decks at the Etihad – Mirror
Marseille are expecting Tottenham to make a formal bid this week for striker Loic Remy – Metro