What today’s papers are saying:
DAILY TELEGRAPH: England have wrapped arms of support around their besieged leader, John Terry, with Frank Lampard, captain against Spain this evening, saying that the defender was “absolutely not” a racist. Also: From glory to ignominy, Mike Tindall’s England career apparently ended in disgrace yesterday.
THE INDEPENDENT: Fabio Capello yesterday threw his full support behind his embattled captain John Terry by declaring that he had “no regrets” at reappointing the player to the position in March, and announcing that Terry will lead England out against Sweden on Tuesday. Also: Two years after Thierry Henry’s handball and 10 years after their last qualification, Ireland are now 90 minutes away from Euro 2012... Manchester City have announced they are prepared to take a calculated risk by not entering into discussions on a new contract for midfielder Nigel de Jong until next summer.
THE GUARDIAN: Secret plans to transform European domestic rugby union are being considered by French and English sides keen to put the professional club game on a firmer financial footing. One leading official from a Premiership club is warning of a possible “violent breakaway” by wealthier European clubs. Also: Fabio Capello harbours no regrets about his reappointment of John Terry as England’s permanent captain, and has confirmed the Chelsea centre-half will regain the armband after this evening’s friendly against Spain.
THE SUN: Frank Lampard insists John Terry is not racist. Also: Furious England chiefs sacked Mike Tindall because he refused to say sorry for his boozy night out at the World Cup.
DAILY EXPRESS: Fabio Capello insists he has no regrets over restoring John Terry as England captain - despite the fact Frank Lampard will lead the team out against Spain today. Also: Mike Tindall will appeal against his record £25,000 fine after his England career ended in disgrace with his ejection from the squad for his World Cup bar-room incidents in New Zealand.
DAILY MIRROR: Fabio Capello has taken John Terry out of the firing line at Wembley tonight - but he will wear the captain’s armband next week. Also: Mike Tindall last night vowed to fight the RFU after being fined £25,000 and dumped from the England squad... Aaron Ramsey insists he can still play for Team GB at the Olympics and be a committed Wales captain.
DAILY STAR: Fabio Capello last night insisted: I don’t regret giving the England captaincy back to John Terry. Also: The Republic of Ireland virtually booked their place in Euro 2012 with a stunning first-leg play-off win in Estonia last night... London landed the 2017 World Athletics Championship yesterday after beating off a mega-bucks bid by Doha.
DAILY MAIL: England’s rugby players have been warned that any future drunken behaviour and indiscipline could see them suffer the same fate as Mike Tindall. Also: Frank Lampard says England would have considered standing up to FIFA if they hadn’t agreed to putting poppies on armbands.
THE TIMES: Lord Coe ushered in a golden decade for British sport after London won its duel with Doha for the right to stage the 2017 World Athletics Championships yesterday. Also: For a manager who likes to keep his cards close to his chest, Fabio Capello was unusually eager yesterday to declare his hand.