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Ferdinand Wants England Return, Guardian Says: Soccer Roundup

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

Ferdinand’s Desire?

Manchester United defender Rio Ferdinand is interested in returning to the England team now that John Terry, who’s accused of racially abusing Ferdinand’s brother Anton, has decided to quit the national squad, the Guardian said.

Terry said he wouldn’t play for England again after the Football Association decided to pursue charges against him following his acquittal in court. The F.A. is hearing the charges against the Chelsea defender this week.

Sagna’s Departure?

Inter Milan is considering bidding for Arsenal right-back Bacary Sagna, who criticized his London club’s transfer policy last month after the departures of Robin van Persie and Alex Song, the Daily Mirror said.

Arsenal expects the 29-year-old Frenchman to sign a new contract, but Inter is ready to move for the player if talks stall, the newspaper said.

Rooney’s Return

United striker Wayne Rooney may play against Newcastle in the Capital One Cup tonight after missing several matches because of a gash suffered last month against Fulham, the Daily Mail said.

The 26-year-old has been training for a week, and should play against Tottenham this weekend if he doesn’t face Newcastle, the newspaper said.

Suarez Punished?

Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard said that teammate Luis Suarez isn’t getting deserved penalties because of his reputation, the Sun reported.

Suarez wasn’t awarded a penalty in a close challenge by Manchester United’s Jonny Evans last weekend, and was booked for diving against Sunderland earlier this month.

Gerrard and teammate Glen Johnson questioned whether referees were making decisions based on considerations other than the foul, the newspaper said.

Missed Chance

New Chelsea midfielder Eden Hazard said he might have signed for Tottenham had the north London club made the Champions League, the Telegraph said.

The 21-year-old signed with Chelsea after the Blues qualified for this year’s tournament by winning last year’s final, kicking Spurs into the Europa League, the newspaper said.

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