Walcott Cut After Failing to Follow Capello's Orders, Sun Says: Roundup

The following is a roundup of soccer stories from U.K. newspapers and broadcasters, with clickable links to the Web:

Fabio’s Frustration

Theo Walcott was cut from England’s World Cup squad because he didn’t follow the orders of manager Fabio Capello, the Sun said.

The Arsenal winger frustrated Capello by continually drifting inside after being told to play out wide, the Sun said.

Walcott was criticized by Capello in front of the squad following an exhibition game with Mexico last week, and was substituted by Shaun Wright-Phillips, who made the World Cup squad, at halftime against Japan three days ago, the Sun said.

Eyeing Hodgson

Inter Milan may turn to Fulham’s Roy Hodgson to fill its vacant manager’s post if the European champion is rejected by Fabio Capello, the Daily Mail said.

Inter President Massimo Moratti wants Capello to replace Jose Mourinho, who moved to Real Madrid. Media reports in the U.K. say Capello may sign a new contract to remain as England manager.

Hodgson, who guided Fulham to the Europa League final, is a close friend of Moratti and is now a “serious candidate” for a third stint at Inter, the Mail said. Liverpool manager Rafael Benitez is also under consideration, the newspaper said.

Benitez’s Anger

Benitez is angry after being told by the Liverpool board he won’t have money to buy players this summer, the Daily Mirror said.

Benitez failed to get assurances of financial backing in a meeting with managing director Christian Purslow last week, the Mirror said. Co-owner Tom Hicks had indicated a few days earlier there would be money for transfers, but Benitez has told associates the meeting was “unproductive,” the paper said.

Deal Sweetener

Barcelona may loan defender Dmytro Chygrynskiy to Arsenal to help lower the price being asked for Cesc Fabregas, the Mirror said.

Barcelona’s valuation of the midfielder is vastly lower than Arsenal’s and manager Pep Guardiola is willing to include Chygrynskiy, who arrived from Shakhtar Donetsk last season for 21 million pounds ($31 million), to help close the deal, the Mirror said.

Mancini’s Target

Inter Milan defender Maicon is the top summer target of Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini, Sky Sports reported. Mancini signed the 28-year-old when he was Inter manager in 2006 and would like to bring him to the Premier League, Sky said.

Dzeko Deal?

City is also closing in on a 36 million-pound agreement for Wolfsburg striker Edin Dzeko, the Mail said.

The move comes after Wolfsburg said Dzeko, who scored 27 goals last season, would be staying in Germany after clubs failed to meet a deadline for his buyout clause earlier this week, the Mail said. Manchester United, Bayern Munich, AC Milan and Chelsea have also expressed interest but could not match City’s financial resources, the newspaper said.

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