Wayne Rooney was so devastated by his three match ban because he realised it could herald a complete end to his Euro involvement.
Read about this, and other sports stories in Sunday’s papers:
DAILY STAR SUNDAY: Sir Alex Ferguson last night revealed his fear that Wayne Rooney could miss all of Euro 2012. Also: Under-fire boss Steve Bruce has told Sunderland fans that there is more to life than just beating Newcastle.
SUNDAY MIRROR: Sir Alex Ferguson left Wayne Rooney out of Manchester United’s team at Anfield because the England striker is struggling to deal with his Euro 2012 heartbreak. Also: Carlos Tevez will reject any offer to leave Manchester City on loan.
SUNDAY EXPRESS: Warren Gatland launched a stinging attack on referee Alain Rolland after his controversial red card wrecked Wales’ World Cup dreams. Also: Kenny Dalglish hailed his captain as Steven Gerrard scored on his first start for seven months in Liverpool’s 1-1 draw with Manchester United.
MAIL ON SUNDAY: Wayne Rooney is prepared to fly to Switzerland to make a personal appeal to UEFA in a bid to save his Euro 2012 campaign. Also: Chelsea were accused last night of trying to prevent fans protesting against a request by owner Roman Abramovich to buy the freehold of Stamford Bridge.
THE PEOPLE: David Beckham has urged Fabio Capello to take Wayne Rooney to the Euro finals. Also: Luka Modric’s Tottenham career is in the balance again - with the Croatian star concerned about the future of boss Harry Redknapp.
THE OBSERVER: The team without a coach are going to the World Cup final, having beaten the team who had to play without a captain for 62 minutes. And rugby goes on its merry little way, having shed a little of its soul. Also: Despite a prevailing view that Per Mertesacker is too ponderous to operate at the top level of English football he is in the throes of emerging as Arsenal’s new Tony Adams, according to Arsene Wenger.
INDEPENDENT ON SUNDAY: Steven Gerrard, returning as Liverpool captain, said there was nothing worse than “sitting in the stands watching these games”, and for 45 minutes yesterday that was exactly how the rest of us felt. Also: Chelsea may be facing a disagreement with some of their own pitch owners over the future of Stamford Bridge, but on the playing surface itself all continues to go smoothly.
SUNDAY TELEGRAPH: Wales coach Warren Gatland accused referee Alain Rolland of robbing his side of their World Cup destiny with the controversial sending-off of Sam Warburton after just 17 minutes of their semi-final against France. Also: Sir Alex Ferguson has revealed that Wayne Rooney was left “devastated” by the three-game suspension which rules him out of the Euro 2012 group stages and decided to omit him from the starting XI because of how badly he had taken the ban.
SUNDAY TIMES: Fond Welsh dreams that they could cap their exuberant run in the Rugby World Cup by reaching the final for the first time died when they lost 9-8 to France at Eden Park after a heroic performance in adversity. Also: A beautiful sunny day in Manchester ended with clear blue sky at the top of the Premier League; no wonder, then, that midway through the second half, with City having added another four goals to their previous tally of 27 this season, City supporters raised the roof in chanting the name of Roberto Mancini, in the first home game since the Carlos Tevez affair in Munich.