Papers: Sir Alex, the sequel
£2m for Fergie: the sequel
Sir Alex Ferguson has verbally agreed to write a second autobiography, for which he is expected to receive a £2million advance. Hodder & Stoughton, who published his first life story in 1999 — one of eight books Fergie has already put his name on — believe there is another best-seller in his experiences since winning the Treble. They include a second Champions League success, six Premier League titles, the split with David Beckham, the arrival of the Glazers and the ownership war with horse racing tsars John Magnier and JP McManus over Rock of Gibraltar’s breeding rights. Fergie, who pocketed a £1.2m advance a decade ago, has yet to agree a publishing date but the project has gone far enough for his agent son Jason to be considering ghost writers from among Fleet Street’s finest. Charles Sale, Daily Mail
The Daily Telegraph says Wayne Rooney is struggling with an ankle injury, but England's doctors have said that he will be fit to face Germany on Sunday.
That's bad news for Germany, whose coach Joachin Low fears what Rooney could do to his team in the last 16 clash.