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17/03/2010 09:36

Papers: Vidic targets Rooney

Vidic: It would be fun to face Rooney in SA
Nemanja Vidic is relishing the prospect of facing Manchester United team-mate Wayne Rooney at this summer's World Cup. Vidic and Rooney will come face-to-face if Serbia and England are drawn together in the last 16 in South Africa. And although Vidic hailed Rooney, with 32 goals this season, as the best striker in the world, the Serb said he would love to test himself against England's main man. "Wayne is definitely the best striker in the world," said Vidic. "And after sharing the same dressing-room, it would be fun to play against him. One of us would have to lose and he's a great player, who would be hard to keep quiet. But that's the challenge. That's why you play football. I mentioned to him that if we got through we have a chance to meet England. I said it would be an interesting game. He said 'Serbia? Who plays for them?'. He was joking."
David McDonnell, The Mirror

There's plenty of interest in the news that Steven Gerrard is free to face United on Sunday after the FA confirmed they'll take no action against the Liverpool midfielder following his clash with Portsmouth's Michael Brown.

The Sun have an exclusive interview with Rio Ferdinand in which the Reds defender reveals his great-grandad died fighting in the Somme in the First World War.

Writing in The Express, David Miller champions Wayne Rooney's England captain credentials, while in other World Cup news, Oliver Holt argues in The Mirror for Gary Neville's inclusion, alongside brother Phil, in England's squad.

And several papers carry more quotes from Ji-sung Park. The Korean says: "I do not think of myself as a standard bearer for Asian players. I just try to work hard for myself. I don't want people to think of me as an Asian player. I am just a football player."

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