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Hodgson faces possible row with United
Roy Hodgson’s decision to put Phil Jones into the England Under-21s has caused bemusement at the player’s club, Manchester United, while the talented 20-year-old himself is understood to be disappointed. A club-versus-country dispute could materialise if Jones, a squad member at Euro 2012, is selected for this summer’s Uefa Under-21 Championship. Hodgson wants Stuart Pearce, the under-21s’ coach, to have a strong squad when heading off to Israel in June. Wilfried Zaha and Raheem Sterling have also been omitted from the senior squad to play Brazil at Wembley next Wednesday. Instead they will be at Walsall the night before, taking on Sweden. Other senior players Jonjo Shelvey and Jordan Henderson are also in the under-21s. All are in Pearce’s summer plans. “We have a very important tournament coming up and if we get all our best players together I believe we have a very good chance of doing well,” Hodgson said. “I have agreed with Stuart that he gets a chance to work with these players – Shelvey, Jones, Zaha, Sterling, Henderson. I have ignored them on this occasion but they are still part of my thinking.”
Neil Custis of The Sun says “David De Gea has four months to convince Manchester United they do not need to make a summer move for Asmir Begovic.” The tabloid journalist makes the ambitious claim after Stoke City completed the £4million signing of England’s Jack Butland from Birmingham before loaning him back until the end of the season as a hedge against Begovic’s potential exit.
Elsewhere, many of today’s papers are dominated by David Beckham’s decision to join Paris St Germain until the end of the season. The former Reds midfielder has signed a five month deal with the Ligue 1 club and will generously donate all of his wages to a local children’s charity.