What today’s papers are saying:
DAILY TELEGRAPH: Ashley Cole last night issued an extraordinary rallying cry ahead of England’s Euro 2012 quarter-final against Italy by invoking the “bulldog” spirit of the team that Roy Hodgson has quickly assembled and saying that they would “die for each other”. Also: Danish Kaneria was yesterday banned for life and branded a liar and a “grave danger” to the game as the England and Wales Cricket Board handed down severe punishments at the end of county cricket’s first corruption case.
THE SUN: The FA will bank a £20million jackpot if they win Euro 2012. Also: Jenson Button believes he is back up to speed thanks to the technical boffins at McLaren.
DAILY EXPRESS: Ashley Cole has delivered a stark warning to Italy by describing England as “11 bulldogs who would die for each other”. Also: Danish Kaneria has indicated he will appeal the lifetime ban handed down to him by an England and Wales Cricket Board Disciplinary Panel for his role in a spot-fixing plot.
DAILY MAIL: Manchester City will step up their pursuit of Arsenal’s Robin van Persie now that Holland are out of Euro 2012. Also: Owen Hargreaves will be the latest ex-England player to be fast-tracked through the Football Association’s coaching system.
DAILY MIRROR: Ashley Cole has hailed England’s “bulldog spirit” as they prepared to face Italy in the Euro quarter finals. Also: Luka Modric is ready to confirm he wants to quit Tottenham. Croatia midfielder Modric’s representatives are hoping for a meeting with Spurs chairman Daniel Levy next week, at which they will make the player’s wishes clear.
DAILY STAR: Roy Hodgson insisted last night: You cannot put a price on England winning Euro 2012. Also: Samir Nasri is set to pay the price for France’s dressing room bust-up by being dropped for tonight’s clash with Spain.
THE TIMES: Roy Hodgson called it a “nasty statistic” that England have not beaten a leading football nation in a tournament knockout game since 1966. Also: Andy Murray and Jamie Baker shared a court with Milos Raonic and Nicolas Mahut yesterday, such was the desire to obtain grass-court time anywhere with anyone in the rain-splattered frenzy of preparation for Wimbledon, which starts on Monday.
THE INDEPENDENT: Roy Hodgson said yesterday he will tell his players that they should not consider themselves inferior to Italy when they meet the nation with four World Cup-winning stars on their shirt crests, and history on their side, in tomorrow’s Euro 2012 quarter-final. Also: Former Pakistan player Danish Kaneria was yesterday described as a “grave danger to the game of cricket” and banned from the sport for life after being found guilty of “cajoling and pressurising” Mervyn Westfield to engage in spot fixing.
THE GUARDIAN: Roy Hodgson has told his players they have no reason to fear Italy, their opponents in Sunday’s Euro 2012 quarter-final, and said for the first time that England can rid themselves of one of their “nasty statistics” and think seriously about winning the tournament. Also: Danish Kaneria, the most successful spin bowler in Pakistan’s Test history, has been banned for life from all involvement in the game by an England and Wales Cricket Board panel who regard him “as a grave danger to the game of cricket”.