The mind games ahead of Euro 2012 have already started with former France boss Raymond Domenech claiming that England will be easily dispatched in the group stage as Roy Hodgson’s team lack any real quality to hurt them. England certainly has all the motivation they ever needed against the French and Hodgson should perhaps keep record of these comments and present them in his pre-match team talk on June 11th.
Elsewhere in the news talk of Sir Alex Ferguson stepping down has been dismissed; Beckenbauer believes that penalty shoot-outs should remain, while Jose Mourinho has hinted at a return to England in the near future.
Roy Hodgson was delighted with England’s performance in Oslo and singled out Andy Carroll and Rob Green for special praise – Sky Sports
Franz Beckenbauer has thrown his weight behind penalty shoot-outs, in light of Sepp Blatter calls to seek an alternative – Guardian
Gareth Barry is a doubt for Euro 2012 after limping off in yesterday’s friendly with a groin injury – Guardian
Bacaray Sagna is confident that Robin van Persie will stay at Arsenal and has also called on Wenger to sign Yann M’Villa – Sky Sports
Sir Alex Ferguson will not be stepping down as manager of Manchester United any time soon, despite claims from Dave Whelan – Daily Telegraph
FSG have made an approach to Louis van Gaal to become Liverpool’s new Sporting Director – Daily Telegraph
Spurs have had a £14m bid for Internacional striker Leandro Damiao rejected, as Redknapp looks to strengthen his attack – Metro
Jose Mourinho has hinted at a return to England in the near future as he believes it provides the privacy he wants for his family – Independent
Mike Dean revealed that Carlos Tevez would have been showed a straight red card in the incident prior to Joey Barton’s sending off, had he seen it – Daily Mail
Eddie Newton reveals that he and Roberto Di Matteo are none the wiser about their Chelsea futures – Daily Mail
Les Ferdinand believes that Tottenham have another summer fight on their hands to retain the services of their best players, having missed out on Champions League football – Sun