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01 Apr 2009 07:30:05

What the back pages say: Abramovich alone pulled the plug on Scolari, Liverpool are the 'best in Eur

DAILY MAIL Alan Shearer will today be named Newcastle manager in a last-ditch bid to stave off relegation from the Premier League. Return of the Messiah - at least, another one... Fabio Capello believes Wayne Rooney is the inspiration behind his England team and can follow in the footsteps of the greats of the European game. Top dog Rooney is the future for England, insists Capello Sacked from the top: Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich personally dealt with firing Scolari THE SUN Alan Shearer will take over as Newcastle boss today. Also: Peter Crouch starts his first game for Fabio Capello tonight - even though the England boss doesn't rate him.DAILY MIRROR Peter Crouch was last night given an amazing World Cup chance - despite being England's fifth choice striker. Also: Milan coach Carlo Ancelotti has claimed Liverpool are the best team in  Europe...Kevin Pietersen is missing the missus so much that he has vowed it will not happen again. DAILY STAR Fabio Capello fears he must be cursed after being forced to turn to fourth choice hitman Peter Crouch to lead the England line tonight. Also: Under-fire Kevin Pietersen yesterday hit out at the critics for daring question his passion when playing for England. DAILY EXPRESS Fabio Capello said he ran out of options before turning to fifth-choice striker Peter Crouch for tonight's World Cup qualifier against Ukraine. Also: Sir Alex Ferguson confided in Fabio Capello that he was "crazy" for splashing out £27million on Wayne Rooney. THE GUARDIAN Fabio Capello has been forced to turn to his fifth-choice striker, Peter Crouch, to lead his line in this evening's World Cup qualifier against Ukraine, with his players guarded against complacency as they try to extend the Italian's perfect competitive start with a fifth consecutive win. Also: The Chelsea chief executive, Peter Kenyon, has revealed how the club's owner, Roman Abramovich, personally took control of the decision to sack Luiz Felipe Scolari in February. THE TIMES Fabio Capello demonstrated his growing confidence yesterday by confirming that Peter Crouch will spearhead England's attack in tonight's World Cup qualifying tie against Ukraine. THE DAILY TELEGRAPH Fabio Capello has been forced to start tonight's pivotal World Cup qualifier against Ukraine with Peter Crouch after his preparations were hit yesterday by an injury to a third striker in the space of four days. Also: Striker Andrei Voronin has been dropped from Ukraine's side for tonight's World Cup clash despite scoring eight goals in his last seven club games, after falling out with coach Alexei Mikhailichenko. THE INDEPENDENT Wayne Rooney has been called many things in the past week after his explosion of anger at Fulham, but Fabio Capello's assessment of him as a future England captain is probably the most surprising.


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