READ all the top sporting headlines from today’s UK national newspapers - Saturday, March 19, 2011.
THE SUN: John Terry will be restored as England’s permanent captain today. Also: Fabio Capello and Liverpool are heading for a bust-up over striker Andy Carroll...Martin Johnson wants to see a touch of fear in his players’ eyes before England face Ireland today...Juventus and Genoa want to lure fed-up striker Dimitar Berbatov away from Manchester United.
THE GUARDIAN: Revenge was prominent in Carlo Ancelotti’s thoughts after his Chelsea team were drawn to face Manchester United in next month’s Champions League quarter-final. Also: Mario Balotelli faces being dropped from the Italy squad as a punishment for his latest red card...The British Olympic Association has suffered a setback in its row with the London 2012 organisers over profits from next year’s Games after the International Olympic Committee ruled against it.
THE INDEPENDENT: Andrei Shevchenko has offered his support to Chelsea striker Fernando Torres as he struggles to adapt to life at Stamford Bridge. Also: Roberto Mancini declared yesterday that he is not sure he can rely on Mario Balotelli for a game as significant as tomorrow’s Premier League tie at Stamford Bridge and admitted he is still mystified by the player on whom he has staked his reputation.
DAILY EXPRESS: Nick Easter says England’s Grand Slam hopes will die in Ireland today unless they improve. Also: Thrill-seeking Corinthian amateur jockey Sam Waley-Cohen - a former schoolfriend of Princes William and Harry - lifted the Cheltenham Gold Cup yesterday on his father’s horse, Long Run...Chelsea manager Carlo Ancelotti says beating Manchester United in the Champions League quarter-finals will never make up for losing in the final to them in 2008 - the only real revenge will be to win the tournament.
THE TIMES: Carlo Ancelotti urged Chelsea to forget about revenge and focus on winning the Champions League after his side were drawn to face Manchester United in the quarter-finals. Also: Rio Ferdinand will wait to see how he recovers from his latest injury before considering whether to retire from international football in an attempt to prolong his club career with Manchester United...No-one will accuse Tottenham Hotspur of being handed an easy ride to the Champions League final after the club were drawn to play Real Madrid and then potentially Barcelona.
DAILY STAR: Kenny Dalglish has warned England to to take care of £35million hitman Andy Carroll or else. Also: Mario Balotelli las night apologised for his Euro madness after being read the riot act by his Manchester City team-mates...Harry Redknapp insisted Tottenham can defy the Champions League odds again after being drawn to face mighty Real Madrid.
DAILY MAIL: Jose Mourinho welcomed the chance to lock horns with Harry Redknapp last night and praised the Tottenham manager for turning his club into European giants. Also: Kenny Dalglish has moved a step closer to becoming Liverpool’s permanent manager after negotiations were opened on a two-year contract.
DAILY MIRROR: Harry Redknapp last night hailed Jose Mourinho as an all-time great but insisted Tottenham can KO the Special One. Also: Sam Waley-Cohen became the first amateur jockey to win the Cheltenham Gold Cup for 30 years, powering home on 7-2 favourite Long Run...Roy Hodgson admits he is a “happy bunny” at West Brom after being hounded out of Liverpool...Nick Easter insists the England team he captains today is up to the challenge of landing a Grand Slam.
DAILY TELEGRAPH: Arsene Wenger has pledged his future to Arsenal, even if his team fail to win a trophy for the sixth year in succession. Also: Liverpool striker Luis Suarez is still “the most hated man in Ghana” after his deliberate handball for Uruguay in last summer’s World Cup quarter-final denied the African country, according to Sunderland forward Asamoah Gyan...Jade Dernbach has been called into England’s World Cup squad as a replacement for Ajmal Shahzad, who returns home after straining a thigh muscle.