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16/05/2012 09:10

Papers: Rio axed from England

Jason Burt & Henry Winter write in The Telegraph...

Rio's England career at an end
Rio Ferdinand has been left out of the England squad for the finals of Euro 2012 and is expected to retire from international football. When asked on Tuesday night, after Manchester United’s friendly in Belfast, whether he had been omitted from the squad, he replied: “Yes, that’s right.” Roy Hodgson, the new England manager, will announce his squad today [at 13:00 BST] and all eyes will be on whether the 23 names include John Terry, who is facing trial for allegedly racially abusing Ferdinand’s brother, Anton. Hodgson will also omit right-backs Kyle Walker, of Tottenham (injured) and Manchester City’s Micah Richards (dropped), which should seal the inclusion of Liverpool’s Glen Johnson. Stoke striker Peter Crouch is another omission. Ferdinand received a phone call on Tuesday afternoon from Hodgson informing him of the decision.

In other England news, Ryan Giggs has backed Paul Scholes to "shine" at Euro 2012 if Roy Hodgson includes him in his squad. The Express carry the story, including quotes from Ryan: “If Scholesy does decide to play and Roy Hodgson does decide to try to bring him out he’d be a great addition to the squad. Him and Xavi are the same sort of players. They control the tempo of great teams. To do that you need to be a special player and that’s what he does. In any team in any tournament he would shine."

Elsewhere, The Sun report goal-line technology could be introduced in England as early as midway through next season. Premier League chief Richard Scudamore confirmed that if the International FA Board give the go-ahead in July, goal-line technology will operate in the top flight in 2012/13.

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