What today’s papers are saying:
THE SUN: Rio Ferdinand says Manchester United are bigger than England. Also: Peter Odemwingie last night accused West Brom of hypocrisy and insisted the club gave him the green light to join QPR. Also: Roberto Mancini is ready to make a £40million summer bid for Liverpool ace Luis Suarez.
DAILY MAIL: West Ham joint-chairman David Sullivan has hit out at ‘scavenger’ agents after claiming he was threatened with violence during the transfer window. Also: As England took care of final preparations before resuming Calcutta Cup hostilities at Twickenham this afternoon, it remained difficult to fathom whether their recent heroism against the world champions was a blessing or a curse.
DAILY MIRROR: Peter Odemwingie is vowing to fight any punishment by West Brom after boss Steve Clarke branded his Deadline Day trip to QPR “total lunacy”. Also: Steve Bruce blasted striker DJ Campbell for ‘nipping out for lunch’ and walking out on a major deal.
DAILY EXPRESS: Peter Odemwingie’s attempt to force through his controversial move to QPR was described as “lunacy” by West Brom last night. Also: British basketball was last night planning for Rio 2016 and beyond after having its Olympic funding restored.
DAILY STAR: Peter Odemwingie was branded a lunatic by his own boss last night. Also: Mario Balotelli last night took a swipe at life in England. Also: Sir Alex Ferguson is set to lock horns with the FA again after deciding to challenge his latest misconduct charge.
THE DAILY TELEGRAPH: Graham Rowntree has challenged England to “deal with the expectancy” which has built up since their historic victory over New Zealand by producing a performance of similar intensity in their RBC Six Nations opener against Scotland at Twickenham today. Also: Peter Odemwingie has admitted it is “a matter of time” before he leaves West Bromwich Albion and claimed the club and their sporting director Dan Ashworth share responsibility for his transfer deadline-day farce.
THE TIMES: Wayne Rooney voluntarily stepped down as Manchester United’s penalty taker after admitting that his record “wasn’t good enough”. Steve Clarke, the West Bromwich Albion head coach, has described Peter Odemwingie’s decision to make an impromptu road-trip to West London in the belief that he would sign for Queens Park Rangers on transfer deadline day as “total lunacy”.
THE GUARDIAN: Steve Clarke has described Peter Odemwingie’s decision to drive to Queens Park Rangers on transfer deadline day as “total lunacy” and said the West Bromwich Albion forward was never granted permission to speak to the London club. Also: Roberto Mancini believes Manchester United’s lead in the title race will be severely cut this month thanks to their fixture pile-up.
THE INDEPENDENT: Harry Redknapp insisted yesterday that no-one at Queen’s Park Rangers told Peter Odemwingie to make his now notorious trip south from the west midlands to Loftus Road on Thursday night in an ill-fated attempt to see through a move to the west London club. Also: Sir Alex Ferguson, the Manchester United manager, has called on his team to turn their “sadistic nature” on their opposition rather than their own fans as the look to move 10 points clear at the top of the table at Fulham today.