The following is a roundup of soccer stories from U.K. newspapers, with clickable links to the Web.
Rooney in Squad
England manager Fabio Capello told Manchester United’s Wayne Rooney that he’ll be going to next year’s European Championships despite being banned for the first three games because of a red card, the Sun reported.
Capello travelled to Manchester yesterday to tell the striker the news.
Rooney was banned after he kicked out at Miodrag Dzudovic during a 2-2 draw against Montenegro last month.
“It was stupid of me and I regretted it as soon as I did it,” the paper quoted Rooney as saying. “There was tackle beforehand and I didn’t think I’m going to beat him - it just happened.”
Becks’ Fergie Tribute
Manchester United manager Alex Ferguson, who is celebrating his 25th anniversary at the club this month, was like a “father figure,” to his most famous player David Beckham, the Daily Mirror reported.
“My parents brought me up to a certain level and then Sir Alex took over,” former England player Beckham told the Mirror.
Beckham said he has no hard feelings over an incident in 2003, when a boot kicked across the locker room by Ferguson hit Beckham above the eye. The player was sold to Real Madrid at the end of that season.
“He wanted to kill me at times, I’m sure,” Beckham said. “But he was a father figure to me and also the man who gave me the chance of playing for my dream club.”
West Brom manager Roy Hodgson has told his striker Peter Odemwingie to start producing goals as the club meets Arsenal this weekend, the Daily Mirror reported.
Last season, Odemwingie was the club’s top scorer with 15 goals. This season, the Nigerian striker has scored only twice since he returned to the team following an ankle injury.
“Peter knows he can do a lot better, we all do,” the paper quoted Hodgson as saying. “He’s had a bit of a stop-start season and with one or two injuries he picked up.”
Tottenham manager Harry Redknapp said he knew that he needed medical help after struggling to breathe and suffering chest pains while running on a treadmill at home, the Sun said.
The 64-year-old had narrowed arteries and underwent surgery this week. His doctor told him to rest for “the next couple of weeks,” and he’ll return after the international break, the newspaper said.