WHAT today’s papers are saying:
THE SUN: Harry Redknapp last night revealed how he would get the Three Lions roaring once again. Also: Kenny Dalglish reckons the FA’s first call in their hunt for England’s new boss should be Alex Ferguson...Robin van Persie last night slammed claims he wants to join Real Madrid...Lamont Peterson insisted both of his world titles must be on the line after agreeing a money-spinning rematch with Amir Khan.
THE GUARDIAN: Fabio Capello has ruled out an immediate return to work in Italy and denied he was “escaping” by resigning from the England manager’s job four months before the European Championships. Also: Sir Alex Ferguson has questioned why Liverpool did not appeal against Luis Suarez’s ban for racially abusing Patrice Evra as the pair prepare to come face to face at Old Trafford for the first time since the controversy erupted for the first time.
DAILY TELEGRAPH: Harry Redknapp wants a few days to recover from his court ordeal but said yesterday that he would consider any approach from the Football Association to become England manager. Also: Thierry Henry will play his final game for Arsenal against AC Milan on Wednesday, Arsene Wenger has confirmed, but the manager was withering about any prospect of losing Robin van Persie to Real Madrid...Jessica Ennis admits she has her eyes on the pentathlon world record, as well as a morale-boosting victory over Russian rival Tatyana Chernova, when she defends her world indoor title in Istanbul next month.
DAILY STAR: Spurs have made David Moyes their number one target to replace Harry Redknapp. Also: Harry Redknapp yesterday admitted managing England would be far easier than the court ordeal he has just endured...Kenny Dalglish insists Luis Suarez has the mental strength to handle the abuse at Old Trafford today...Born-again Charlie Hodgson loves playing for England again - thanks to rugby league legend Kevin Sinfield.
DAILY MIRROR: Micah Richards has been forced to shut down his Twitter account after being bombarded with sickening racist abuse. Also: Fabio Capello claimed his dramatic departure from the England job was a “misunderstanding”...Harry Redknapp last night revealed the darkness that gripped his soul as his fate was left in the hands of 12 strangers, saying: “After that, I can handle anything.”
THE INDEPENDENT: Harry Redknapp said yesterday that he would speak to the Football Association about the England manager’s job if he was approached by the governing body but asked for a few days grace to return to normality after a dramatic week. Also: An MP has accused the Blackburn Rovers manager, Steve Kean, of conducting a “smear campaign” against the club’s fans, who have protested against his continued role at the relegation-threatened club.
THE TIMES: Kenny Dalglish has backed Luis Suarez to cope with the hostile reception that awaits him at Old Trafford today, insisting the forward would not even be in the Liverpool squad if there were any fears about his mental fortitude. Also: Ryan Giggs signed a one-year contract extension with Manchester United yesterday that will take his club career into a 22nd year...For all the magnificence of Rome, rugby internationals involving Italy and England here tend not to be things of beauty.
DAILY MAIL: Harry Redknapp is prepared to talk to the FA about the England job but has asked for a few days grace after the hardest, most dramatic week of his life. Also: David Moyes has admitted to serious worries over Jack Rodwell’s fitness after the Everton midfielder suffered his third hamstring injury in as many months.
DAILY EXPRESS: Harry Redknapp has dismissed the prospect of managing England on a part-time basis for the European Championship. Also: England will be playing for their places in the rest of the Six Nations when they face Italy today without having had a single practice on grass since they beat Scotland.