WHAT THE PAPERS SAY

WHAT THE PAPERS SAY

The extracts on this page are taken from selected national newspapers. The views expressed here do not necessarily reflect the views of Manchester United.

Papers: Rio fears England snub

14/03/2013 08:58

The Sun reports...

Rio fears England snub
Rio Ferdinand fears an England snub today. Three Lions boss Roy Hodgson announces his squad for the upcoming World Cup qualifiers with San Marino and Montenegro this afternoon and last night Ferdinand had still not been contacted by anyone at the FA. The Manchester United star, 34, was dreaming of a return to international football after injuries to Phil Jagielka, Chris Smalling and Phil Jones. Ferdinand, whose last England game was against Switzerland in June 2011, believes he was no longer considered by Hodgson after the race row involving his brother Anton and John Terry. But with Terry having retired from international duty, Ferdinand was hopeful of a call-up. Hodgson will reveal his squad at 3pm so, in theory, would still have this morning to break the news to Ferdinand before making an announcement.  West Brom keeper Ben Foster is set to make his return to the England set-up while Tottenham’s Michael Dawson is likely to be drafted in.

The Mirror says Paris St Germain will step up their interest in signing Wayne Rooney if star striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic joins former manager Pep Guardiola at Bayern Munich in the summer. The Swedish striker is said to be disillusioned with life in France after less than one season and could be ready to move on this summer to what would be the eighth club of his nomadic career.

Elsewhere, in more speculation, The Sun says Borussia Dortmund forward Robert Lewandowski is keeping a close eye on Rooney’s situation at United and claiming the Polish international would “love a move to Old Trafford.”

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