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England Coach Capello Ready to Keep Green in Team: Soccer Roundup

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

Green for Go

England manager Fabio Capello is ready to keep goalkeeper Robert Green in the team for tomorrow’s World Cup group game against Algeria in Cape Town, the Daily Mirror said.

Capello said Green will keep his place if he can prove he wasn’t affected mentally by his blunder that allowed the U.S. a 1-1 draw in the first game, the newspaper said.

The Sun says Capello faces another key decision: whether to keep Emile Heskey in the team or go with Tottenham’s Jermain Defoe.

Capello is concerned that the Jabulani ball is not suited to playing high balls up to a target man such as Heskey, and that England needs to keep it on the ground more, the Sun added.

The manager confirmed midfielder Gareth Barry will play after recovering from injury.

Race for Ozil

Chelsea may join Arsenal and Manchester City in the race to sign Germany midfielder Mesut Ozil, the Daily Mail reported.

The Werder Bremen player is rated at 20 million pounds ($30 million), and Arsenal sees him as a replacement for Cesc Fabregas, the Mail added. Fabregas has been linked with a move to Barcelona after the World Cup.

Juve Wants Gallas

Juventus has offered a two-year deal to Arsenal defender William Gallas, the Daily Mirror reported.

He’ll be released by the Gunners on June 30 after failing to agree on a new deal, the Mirror added.

Gallas turns 33 in August and it’s Arsenal policy not to give contracts of more than one year to players over 30, the paper said.

Silva for England?

Spain midfielder David Silva has become more in favor of playing in England’s Premier League and is deciding whether to join Manchester City or Chelsea, who both have a “firm interest” in him, the Guardian reported.

His club Valencia wants about 40 million euros ($49 million) for Silva, a fee that the two English clubs find excessive, the newspaper added.

Sunderland is preparing a bid for Paraguay World Cup striker Nelson Haedo Valdez, according to the Mirror.

Borussia Dortmund wants about 10 million euros for the 26- year-old, the paper said.

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