The following is a roundup of soccer stories from U.K. newspapers, with clickable Internet links.
England’s reluctance to pick Rio Ferdinand in its European Championship squad was denounced as “disgraceful” by the defender’s agent after manager Roy Hodgson again overlooked Ferdinand following Gary Cahill’s injury, the Guardian reported.
“To treat a player that has captained and served his country 81 times in this manner is nothing short of disgraceful,” the Guardian cited Jamie Moralee, Ferdinand’s agent, as saying. “Total lack of respect from Hodgson and the F.A. as far as I am concerned.”
Tottenham Hotspur winger Gareth Bale has gone on vacation to consider his Spurs future amid doubts about manager Harry Redknapp’s position at the club, the Daily Mirror reported.
Spurs are trying to sign Bale to a new long-term contract and Manchester City and Barcelona are watching developments after Bale said that he wanted to be playing in the Champions League next season, the Mirror added.
Green to Go
Queens Park Rangers, West Bromwich Albion and Spanish club Malaga are interested in signing West Ham’s Robert Green after Hammers chairman David Gold said the goalkeeper has decided to leave, the Daily Telegraph reported.
“Robert Green is a free agent he has chosen to move on,” Gold said on his Twitter account. “Nobody wants Rob to leave but nothing is forever, he must do what is best for him and we must do what is best for us.”
West Ham, QPR and Tottenham are among the clubs showing an interest in bringing former Chelsea striker Nicolas Anelka back to the Premier League from China, the Daily Mail reported.
Anelka, 33, is keen to return after a stint with Shanghai Shenhua, though such a move may depend on whether the Chinese Super League team asks for a transfer fee, the Mail added.
Bellamy’s Olympics Spot
Liverpool forward Craig Bellamy revealed he’ll be one of the three over-age players in the Great Britain soccer squad for the London Olympics, the Sun reported.
“I am in the Olympic squad, but I was supposed to keep it quiet,” the Sun cited the Welsh striker as saying.
Team GB manager Stuart Pearce is scheduled to name his 18-man roster later this week with Ryan Giggs, Joe Cole and David Beckham all vying to join Bellamy, the Sun added.