Liverpool’s Agger Criticizes Hodgson Tactics: Soccer Roundup

Sept. 21 (Bloomberg) -- The following is a roundup of soccer stories from U.K. newspapers, with clickable links to the Web.

Agger Anger

Liverpool’s Daniel Agger says he won’t follow manager Roy Hodgson’s plans to play long balls, the Express said.

The Danish national team player, who has fallen behind Martin Skrtel in the coach’s squad choices, wants to start attacks by bringing the ball out of defense instead of using long passes forward, the newspaper said.

Going for Andrigo

Manchester United and Barcelona are ready to battle over Andrigo, a 15-year-old Brazilian forward, the Daily Mirror said.

The Internacional Porto Alegre player impressed scouts during a tournament in Manchester and was invited to Spain for a trial, the newspaper said.

Fabregas Return

Arsenal midfielder Cesc Fabregas injured his knee while scoring against Sunderland last weekend and will miss two weeks, the Telegraph reported.

The captain will probably miss the home match with West Brom and a Champions League game against Partizan Belgrade, the newspaper said. He wasn’t scheduled to play in tonight’s Carling Cup match with Tottenham, and should return on Oct. 3 at Chelsea.

Ronaldo Under Pressure

Cristiano Ronaldo is being jeered by some Real Madrid supporters after failing to score in four matches even after 41 attempts on goal, the Daily Mail said.

After taking the No. 7 jersey when Raul left the team, Ronaldo has had just 14 of his attempts on target, the newspaper said. Some fans are booing because they say he’s being selfish, the Mail said.

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