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What the back pages say: Shearer to stay as Toon boss, Onuoha gets the England call, Redknapp ends L
Published : 21 May 2009 08:01:28
DAILY MAIL Rio Ferdinand last night declared himself fit for the Champions League final in Rome - then volunteered to prove he is ready for Lionel Messi and Samuel Eto'o by playing at Hull on Saturday. I'm fit: Rio tells Fergie he's ready for Hull - then Barca Also: Liverpool have launched a fresh £15million bid to land Portsmouth right-back Glen Johnson. Rafa wants Johnson to boost his Anfield defence Set for England? Nedum Onuoha (left) THE GUARDIAN Rio Ferdinand has revealed there is "no chance" of him not being fit enough to start the Champions League final despite Sir Alex Ferguson's assertion that the defender's involvement is in serious doubt because of a calf injury. Also: Wholesale reforms to the way English football is governed will today be tabled by the Football Association in an attempt to bring players, ethnic minorities and women into the heart of the game's decision-making structure. THE TIMES Rio Ferdinand declared last night that he will be available to play for Manchester United in the Champions League final against Barcelona and, in a statement that may ease some nerves at the bottom of the Barclays Premier League, he has offered to turn out against Hull on Sunday to prove his fitness. Also: Alan Shearer is eager to extend his managerial career at Newcastle and will do so provided various conditions are met, but the club's overall position is deeply uncertain. DAILY MIRROR Ricky Sbragia last night told Sir Alex Ferguson he is right to field a weakened side against Hull - and still expects them to win. Also: Rio Ferdinand last night claimed to have won his battle to be fit in time to play inthe Champions League final. Manchester City defender Nedum Onuoha is in line for a shock England call-up for next month's Kazakhstan and Andorra games. DAILY STAR Sunderland boss Ricky Sbragia last night told Sir Alex Ferguson: pick who you wants against Hull. Also: Carlo Ancelotti is set to be confirmed as Chelsea's new boss early next week. THE SUN Manchester United have bowed to Premier League pressure and will field a stronger team at Hull on Saturday. Also: Kevin Pietersen gave England another injury scare yesterday. Harry Redknapp has ended his bitter war with Fabio Capello over Ledley King. Ledley marks anniversary with Anfield trip DAILY EXPRESS Runaway Formula One world championship leader Jenson Button says the winning habit has made him boring. Also: Kevin Pietersen says he will be fit for both the ICC World Twenty20 and the Ashes, despite pulling out of the one-day series against the West Indies with an Achilles injury. THE INDEPENDENT Robert Green last night said he was ready to rescue England from their goalkeeping crisis - but added that even after the injuries that have hit Fabio Capello's options, he cannot be sure he will get the call. DAILY TELEGRAPH Kevin Pietersen has added to England's injury worries ahead of the Ashes by withdrawing from the NatWest one-day series against the West Indies which starts today.