The top story in the British press on Friday centres on the England squad.
Roy Hogsdson announced his latest band of players on Thursday for upcoming Euro 2016 qualifiers against the mighty San Marino and Estonia, and the angle teased out by the papers is the non-involvement of Daniel Sturridge in the squad.
Liverpool’s striker is out of the frame at present having picked up an injury while on England duty last time around.
Sturridge’s absence for the Reds has been sorely felt,and earlier in the week the Liverpool boss Rodgers claimed that he had an agreement with Roy Hodgson over the treatment of his players.
As reported in the Express:
There was still confusion last night about whether Liverpool had requested that Sturridge, above, be allowed to sit out the training session in which he was hurt. Hodgson is adamant he will not allow clubs to dictate that players have a two-day recovery spell after matches during international breaks.
He insisted – as he manoeuvred to head off a club versus country row – that he has been told that Sturridge is still not fit, although there is an outside chance he could play some part against West Bromwich Albion tomorrow.
“He’s not fit – that’s the bottom line,” said Hodgson.
See the papers above and below.