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England to honour Pavarotti before Israel game


London : Here’s a sample of some of the gossip and transfer rumours from England’s newspapers Friday about Premier League clubs:

The English Football Association (FA) will play Luciano Pavarotti’s Nessun Dorma before the England-Israel Euro 2008 qualifier in tribute to the opera singer, who died Thursday. (Mail)

Sir Bobby Charlton says England need to win Euro 2008 in order to get computer-obsessed kids interested in football again. (Times)

But Charlton has piled the pressure on McClaren by claiming the players lack the self-belief to win the tournament. (Mail)

Former England skipper Tony Adams says the current coach Steve McClaren reminds him of Graham Taylor. (Sun)

McClaren may wait until the last minute to decide whether to risk injured midfielder Steven Gerrard against Israel. (Sun)

But Gerrard has already declared himself fit to play, possibly even without painkillers. (Mail)

Sir Alex Ferguson has jokingly told Manchester United defender Patrice Evra not to bother coming back to Old Trafford if he helps France beat Scotland next week. (Record)

Arsene Wenger’s new deal at Arsenal is worth 4.5 million pounds a year – the same as Sir Alex Ferguson’s but two million pounds a year less than Jose Mourinho. (Mail)

US billionaire Stan Kroenke is to reassure the Arsenal board he has no intention of mounting a takeover bid for the club at present. (Independent)

Ex-Real Madrid star Roberto Carlos came close to joining Middlesbrough this summer. (Sun)

Chelsea is set to incur the wrath of Barcelona by trying to snatch boy wonder Giovani dos Santos. (Sun)

Leeds United has been kicked out of the FA for not paying its debts. (Sun)

Wayne Rooney’s brother Graham will represent Everton when he stars on a celebrity football show. (Sun)

Ryan Babel says reading The Bible has helped him cope with his move to Liverpool. (Sun)

Manchester City boss Sven-Goran Eriksson is plotting an 80,000 pounds-a-week loan deal for Juan Riquelme. (Sun)

Eriksson plans a fresh bid to sign Mark Bresciano in January. (Mirror)

Thomas Sorensen is ready to quit Aston Villa after falling out with manager Martin O’Neill. (Sun)

Nicky Shorey has hinted he wants to quit Reading for West Ham United. (Mirror)

Stoke City has not given up hope of signing former Liverpool midfielder Salif Diao. (Mirror)

Paul Jewell has turned down the chance to manage Derby County because he did not want to stab current manager Billy Davies in the back. (Sun)

George Burley is poised to quit Southampton after growing tired of the internal politics at the club. (Mirror)

Peter Reid has had secret talks with Leicester City owner Milan Mandaric, who is also interested in Iain Dowie. (Mirror)