READ out about this and find out what other top sport stories are making the headlines in today’s UK national newspapers - Saturday, June 9, 2012.
THE SUN: Rio Ferdinand fears his England career is over. Also: Danny Welbeck is set to get the nod ahead of Andy Carroll for England’s Euro 2012 opener against France.
THE GUARDIAN: If it carries on the way it started, Euro 2012 will be an absolute cracker. For that we have to thank the players of Poland and Greece, who set aside the tradition of the safety-first stalemate with which major football tournaments so often begin and instead hurled themselves into a maelstrom of non-stop action. Also: Aaron Cook, the taekwondo world number one, is considering legal action after the British Olympic Association controversially ratified the nomination of Lutalo Mohammad, his rival for a place at London 2012.
DAILY MIRROR: Roy Hodgson fears he will be forced into a massive gamble on John Terry’s fitness. Also: Arsenal keeper Wojciech Szczesny was sent off as Poland were held 1-1 in a row-packed Euro 2012 opener with Greece.
DAILY EXPRESS: Danny Welbeck is set to be entrusted with the task of spearheading England’s attack against France at Euro 2012. Also: England captain Chris Robshaw has warned his players they have to step up significantly from the Six Nations if they are to beat South Africa in today’s first Test.
DAILY STAR: Joleon Lescott is nursing secret groin and knee problems - adding to England boss Roy Hodgson defensive woes. Also: Manchester United are poised to make Poland sensation Robert Lewandowski their second summer signing.
THE TIMES: Roy Hodgson will go on the attack today by launching a strong defence of his decision to omit Rio Ferdinand from his European Championship finals squad. Also: More of that, please. Not the Spanish referee with the card fetish, but the drama that set Euro 2012 off to a thrillingly unpredictable start yesterday.
DAILY MAIL: Danny Welbeck looks to have won the race to be England’s centre forward when their Euro 2012 campaign begins against France on Monday. Also: Daniel Sturridge is set to be handed the centre forward role he craves at the London Olympics.
DAILY TELEGRAPH: Wayne Rooney and the England players kept coming back to the same photograph, the image of the SS doctor, Heinz Thilo, standing on the ramp at Birkenau and signalling whether the distressed, disorientated souls stumbling from railway wagons would work or go straight to the gas chambers. Also: UEFA yesterday confirmed that the Dutch squad had been the victim of racist chanting during a training session in England’s base city of Krakow having initially appeared to have attempted to cover up the issue.
THE INDEPENDENT: John Terry and Ashley Cole did not take part in England’s open training session yesterday, creating further doubts about whether Roy Hodgson will be able to call on them against France on Monday. Also: France are “not optimistic” of having Yann M’Vila available for their European Championship opener against England on Monday.