WHAT today’s papers are saying.
SUNDAY TIMES: Spain hit back at their critics on the eve of the Euro 2012 final, with their key midfielder Xavi suggesting that anybody labelling his team “boring” was not a proper football fan. Also: Liverpool are considering a bid for Fulham’s Clint Dempsey but have been told it will take at least £10million to prise the 29-year-old United States star from Craven Cottage.
THE OBSERVER: Michel Platini says the 2020 Euros could be hosted “by 12 or 13 cities” across the continent rather than one or two countries in what would be a radical change to international football’s second biggest tournament. Also: Britain’s head athletics coach Charles van Commenee says he will hold “an honest review” into the dire performances of the 4x100 metres team quartet after they were disqualified from the European Championships and overtaken in the world rankings...Bradley Wiggins’ attempt to become the first British winner of the Tour de France began with a second-placed finish as Fabian Cancellara won the opening prologue in Liege.
SUNDAY TELEGRAPH: Vicente del Bosque has defended the team from accusations of being boring by saying he will play “three attackers” against Italy in the Euro 2012 final. Also: Andre Villas-Boas will become Tottenham manager this week...London Welsh, who urgently need to recruit Premiership-quality players now that their promotion from the Championship has been confirmed, are willing to restart talks with former Wales utility back Gavin Henson, who was linked with the club last season.
THE PEOPLE: Frank Lampard has been offered a £13million two-year deal to link up with David Beckham at the Los Angeles Galaxy. Also: Darren Ferguson is at the centre of an explosive tap-up row with Peterborough United ready to report Nottingham Forest over an alleged illegal approach for their manager...Pepe Reina is heading for a shock Anfield exit - with Liverpool on the brink of a move for £15million-rated Hugo Lloris...Carlo Ancelotti wants to make Theo Walcott part of his Paris St Germain revolution.
SUNDAY MIRROR: Manchester City have slapped a world record £80million price tag on Real Madrid target David Silva. Also: Jack Wilshere will miss the start of the season - and looks certain to miss the first two games of England’s World Cup qualifying campaign...Serena Williams suffered a nasty scare yesterday to edge through a tense three-set thriller against China’s Jie Zheng.
DAILY STAR SUNDAY: Steven Gerrard has hit back at his pal and Liverpool team-mate Jamie Carragher for dismissing England’s World Cup hopes. Also: David Beckham will not receive a late Olympics call-up despite Gareth Bale’s back problem KO...Spurs still hadn’t sealed the appointment of Andre Villas-Boas as their new boss last night, sparking rumours there could be a dramatic twist in the tale.
INDEPENDENT ON SUNDAY: David Beckham, snubbed by coach Stuart Pearce for Britain’s Olympic football squad, will still play a starring role in the 2012 Games. Also: Gylfi Sigurdsson will decide whether he signs for Liverpool or Tottenham Hotspur today, according to his father Sigurdur Adalsteinsson.
SUNDAY EXPRESS: Tottenham’s incoming boss Andre Villas-Boas is ready to make an audacious move to bring Arsenal winger Theo Walcott to White Hart Lane. Also: Italy coach Cesare Prandelli will unleash a new, reformed Mario Balotelli on Spain tonight, hoping the controversial striker can become a hero on Europe’s greatest stage...Charles van Commenee yesterday said that British women’s 100m running had reached “its lowest point” as their relay team blew the chance to compete at the Olympic Games in London.
THE SUN: Alan Shearer has slammed England’s Euro 2012 campaign. Also: Mario Balotelli has been told to ‘grow up’ if he wants to make the most of his incredible talent...Gareth Bale is out of the Olympics as Stuart Pearce’s London 2012 dream looks like turning into a nightmare.
MAIL ON SUNDAY: Italy captain Gianluigi Buffon has stuck the knife into English football by claiming the Premier League harms the national side. Also: Steven Gerrard has revealed that Wayne Rooney struggled to cope with the enormous pressure he was put under during the European Championship...Roger Federer has admitted he was ‘laughing’ as his arch-rival Rafael Nadal crashed out in the biggest upset of this year’s men’s singles - and says he is glad that big names can still be humbled by minnows.