What Saturday’s papers are saying:
DAILY TELEGRAPH: There was a small feeling of relief for England at the relatively negotiable nature of a group comprising France, Sweden and Ukraine, but there was also a reliance on some rather large maps. Also...Sunderland are set to confirm Martin O’Neill as their manager today after he agreed in principle to take the job.
THE TIMES: Fabio Capello lauded the importance of Wayne Rooney to England’s European Championship hopes last night as the Manchester United forward’s appeal against his international ban was thrown into confusion by the draw for the tournament. Also...Sunderland will announce Martin O’Neill’s appointment as manager today after a second round of productive talks, with the 59-year-old likely to watch tomorrow’s match away to Wolves from the directors’ box.
THE SUN: Fabio Capello breathed a huge sigh of relief as England avoided a Euro 2012 Group of Death. Also...Anton Ferdinand was forced to flee his home in terror just hours before facing Manchester City last month.
DAILY MIRROR: Lucky England were handed a fantastic chance to make a Euro 2012 impression last night. Also...Martin O’Neill will sign on as Sunderland boss today after holding fresh contract talks with Niall Quinn last night.
DAILY STAR: England boss Fabio Capello did his best to hide his delight last night as England avoided the big guns at Euro 2012. Also...Martin O’Neill will be at Molineux tomorrow for Sunderland’s crucial match against Wolves, but will play no active role.
DAILY MAIL: Fabio Capello expressed relief last night at avoiding Europe’s big guns as he was handed a golden chance to end his reign as England manager with success at the European Championship. Also...Kolo Toure has told Manchester City he could demand to leave the club in the next transfer window if he does not win back a first-team place.
THE INDEPENDENT: Could have been better, but could have been much worse was Fabio Capello’s verdict on last night’s Euro 2012 draw after England were paired with France, Sweden and co-hosts Ukraine. Also...Andre Villas-Boas has identified Chelsea’s long-serving goalkeeper Petr Cech as one of a number of players who would be allowed to leave Stamford Bridge at the end of this season as part of the comprehensive overhaul of the club’s ageing squad.
DAILY EXPRESS: Fabio Capello failed to disguise his sense of relief after England avoided a daunting Euro 2012 draw last night. Also...Harry Redknapp has urged the FA to hold fire on earmarking a successor to Fabio Capello after the Italian made it clear once and for all that he is leaving after the summer.
THE GUARDIAN: Fabio Capello could not disguise his sense of relief after England avoided being thrust into a group that included Portugal and Holland and were, instead, drawn with France, Sweden and the hosts Ukraine in Group D at Euro 2012. Also...The inheritance Martin O’Neill is contemplating at Sunderland can be described as a complex jigsaw puzzle in which certain key pieces seem to have been mislaid and others appear to be uneasy fits.