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Liverpool's Steven Gerrard is dominating the headlines after being ordered to report for England duty despite being withdrawn by his club with a torn leg muscle.

 

But England boss Fabio Capello is having none of it. 'I wanna see ya', says the Sun, reporting Capello's demands to have the Liverpool skipper on board for Wednesday's Germany tie. The Daily Mail claims the Italian is 'furious'.

 

The Guardian says 'Capello risks Benitez ire over Gerrard', while the Daily Star calls the debacle over England player selection a 'farce' focusing on the late call-up of Blackburn keeper Paul Robinson.

 

One former England striker who would be gagging for a call from Mr Capello is Michael Owen.

 

He is set for showdown talks with his club boss Joe Kinnear after venting his frustration in the weekend's match programme at not being played. Regular bench-warmer Owen says he's been "fit for two weeks". (Daily Mirror)

 

TRANSFER GOSSIP

 

Man City's out-of-favour Brazilian striker Elano is being lined up for a swoop by QPR. (Daily Mirror)

 

Former Watford boss Aidy Boothroyd has joined the race with Ian Holloway to take the helm at Swindon after the sacking of Maurice Malpas. (Daily Mirror)

 

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AND FINALLY

 

One little man with big hair who's got a big hand over the weekend in Scotland is the Argentina gaffer. The Daily Record reports on the arrival of Diego Maradona and the ensuing mayhem at Glasgow airport.

 

Parts of the media were left holding their noses last week at Old Trafford with pre-match meals involving huge portions of brussels sprouts. (The Sun)

 

Pressure is building on Real Madrid manager Bernd Schuster after he watched his side lose 1-0 to Real Valladolid. (Daily Telegraph)

 

Liverpool's Rick Parry will decide today whether to accept the post of chief executive on the 2018 World Cup bid. (Daily Mail)

 

Former footballers' favourite Dani Behr is being pushed out of the I'm a Celebrity Get Me Out Of Here! headlines by glamour girl Nicola McLean. Swimwear the key here. (The Sun)

 

Although Carly Zucker could be soon back in the arms of fiancee Joe Cole after confessing everything in the jungle is scaring her. (Daily Star)

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