34 Monday, 29 June 2009 London Lite Inbrief Etoo set to be worlds richest SAMUEL ETOO could be on his way to 200,000-a-week at Manchester City after Barcelona president Joan Laporta revealed the Premier League club had made the striker a stratospheric offer. With the Cameroon stars contract set to expire next summer, reports suggest the Catalan giants have accepted a 27m offer from City and Laporta said: This would convert him into the best-paid player in the world. Scolari blast at trouble makers LUIZ FELIPE SCOLARI claims a number of Chelsea players did not respect him at Stamford Bridge. The 60-year-old Brazilian, who is currently coaching Bunyodkor in Uzbekistan, singled out Didier Drogba, Michael Ballack and Petr Cech. He said: The real owners of football at the moment are the players. The coach, in most European clubs, has no strength to contradict them. Skrtel backing new-boy Glen LIVERPOOL defender Martin Skrtel has backed new 17m signing Glen Johnson to succeed at Anfield having completed his move from Portsmouth on Friday. The Slovakia centre-back, who established himself as first choice alongside Jamie Carragher last season, said: He is a very good player and he will definitely be a success, so I am happy that he is with us. Torres and the three amigos FERNANDO TORRES has recommended three of his Spanish compatriots to Liverpool boss Rafael Benitez. The Spain striker believes the Reds need small players with quality to win the Premiership and would like Benitez to sign David Silva, Juan Mata or David Villa from Valencia. These are small players with quality like United had with Carlos Tevez and also with Paul Scholes, he said. Saints prepare for Matt finish MATT LE TISSIER is optimistic Pinnacle will complete the takeover of Southampton, even if it means accepting the 10-point penalty imposed by the Football League. Administrator Mark Fry yesterday warned time is running out fast for the club as they look to remain in business, but Le Tissier said: Were confident the issues with the Football League can be resolved on Monday. Yanksproud,Brazilnuts USA coach Bob Bradley saw his side throw away a 2-0 lead over Brazil in last nights Confederations Cup final -- but then warned the world that his men are becoming genuine contenders on the global stage. The South Americans were in all sorts of trouble less than half an hour into the final at Johannesburgs Ellis Park, thanks to goals from Fulhams Clint Dempsey and Landon Donovan, and went into half-time trailing 2-0. But Luis Fabiano halved the deficit almost immediately after the break and then drew his side level with 16 minutes to play, before a late header from Lucio broke American hearts. Bradley said: The feeling is of great disappointment, but also of great pride. We know we are making progress. Real Madrids new galactico Kaka (right) was voted player of the tournament. Rooneyreadytofillthegap WAYNE ROONEY believes he can compensate for the summer exodus of attacking talent from Manchester United -- insisting he has not been given the chance to shine so far at Old Trafford. Cristiano Ronaldo and Carlos Tevez have left the champions since the end of the season. The England striker feels more than ready to fill the gaps theyve left. Weve lost two key players and obviously I hope we can get a few players in, Rooney told The Times. Between them Cristiano and Carlos scored a lot of goals for us last season and the season before, but I would like to think Im capable of filling that gap. Ive said before that, if I can play in my right position, Im capable of doing that. Psycho tells the kids: Were in it to win it Keymen GONZALOCASTROGERMANY Hascomeonleapsandboundsthis seasonatBayerLeverkusen, leadingtoacall-uptotheGerman nationalteamunderJoachimLow. The22-year-oldiscapableof playingatcentreback,butinstead playsatrightbackforLeverkusen, showingusefulburstsofpaceand attacksdowntherightflank.He scoredinthe1-1drawwithEngland lastweek. THEOWALCOTTENGLAND WITHstrikersFraizerCampbelland GabbyAgbonlahorsuspended, Theolookslikehellplaycentre- forwardratherthanoutwide tonight.Hescoredthathat-trick againstCroatiafortheseniorside lastSeptemberandtheArsenal manadmits:Illplayanywhereas longasImonthatpitch. Latest betting MATCH ODDS Germany 15-8, England 5-4, Draw 2-1. FIRST GOALSCORER T Walcott 6-1, Ozil 7-1, J Milner 10-1, S Wagner 8-1, M Marin 12-1, M Noble 14-1, L Cattermole 16-1, N Onuoha 28-1, A Beck 33-1. Last5meetings 22June2009(Eurofinals) Germany1England1 10October2006(EuroQualPlay-off) Germany0England2 6October2006(EuroQualPlay-off) England1Germany0 6September2005(EuroQualifier) Germany1England1 25March2005(EuroQualifier) England2Germany2 Probable Teams Germany(4-4-2):Neuer;Beck, Hoewedes,Boateng,Boenisch; Castro,Aogo,Khedira,Marin; Wagner,Ozil. England(4-1-4-1):Lewis;Crainie, Richards,Onuoha,Gibbs;Muamba; Milner,Cattermole,Noble, Johnson;Walcott. European U-21 Championship Final. Live on Sky Sports 1 from 7pm (KO: 7.45pm) GERMANY v ENGLANDSTUART PEARCE says he has no interest in being a gallant loser. TheEnglandUnder-21bossis urging his players to create a new chapter of history when theyfaceGermanyintheEuro- pean Championship final in Malmotonightandhastoldhis players that heroic failure counts for nothing. Success is not coming away asagallantloser,hesaid.We feelwehavehadnosuccessyet. The only way we will deem to have success is if we win. Whoever goes away without the trophy will not think they have had a good tournament. Pearce has been part of sev- eral near-misses losing as a player in semi-finals against Germany on penalties at Italia 90 and Euro 96 and he is not satisfied by qualifying for this tournament, travelling to Swe- den and reaching the final. The fact the final is against old rivals Germany adds to the pressure, with Pearce settling for nothing less than victory. Germanywillbewearingred at Swedbank Stadion despite being the home team, so there will be no flashbacks to Englands finest hour when they wore their away strip for the 1966 World Cup final against their traditional rivals. In any case, Pearce wants his youngsters to forget about past encounters against Germany. Any matches in the past are in the past, he said. My only concern is the match. The only history we want to createisavictoryforus.Asfor games gone by, they have no relevance. Seniors boss Fabio Capello has been credited with creat- ing a winning mentality in the past 18 months, a change from years of underachievement. AndPearceappearedintense andtotallyfocusedwhenhesat next to Horst Hrubesch at Swedbank Stadion, barely cracking a smile as he answered questions. It was not confirmed until later that Joe Harts appeal against suspension had failed, with the goalkeeper joining Gabriel Agbonlahor and Fraizer Campbell on the sidelines. Agbonlahor and Campbells bans mean Theo Walcott is set to start as Pearces central striker despite feeling cramp in his calves after 120 minutes against Sweden on Friday. Theohasblisteringpaceand he causes teams problems, Pearcesaid.Paceinthemodern dayisagreatcommodityandhe has that in abundance. Capello will be at the game to watch Walcott, among others, with next years World Cup in mind. 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