Paper News and Gossip: Hodgson Nearly Germany Boss, Sir Alex Book Errors

Ian Rodgers@irodgers66World Football Staff WriterNovember 18, 2013

Paper News and Gossip: Hodgson Nearly Germany Boss, Sir Alex Book Errors

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    Roy Hodgson has revealed he could have once been Germany manager until Franz Beckenbauer stepped in, according to one report in Monday's newspapers.

    England midfielder Jack Wilshere believes his team must take an unorthodox leaf out of Chile's book ahead of the friendly against Germany on Tuesday.

    The controversy over former Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson's autobiography is still rumbling on after one reader was given a refund for spotting a number of inaccuracies.

    Who else is making the headlines in Monday's papers? Read on to find out more. 

Roy Hodgson Almost Became Germany Boss, While Jack Wilshere Seeks New Approach

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    England manager Roy Hodgson has revealed he almost became Germany boss after the 1998 World Cup finals, reports John Cross of the Daily Mirror.

    The former Blackburn Rovers manager was sounded out by German FA president Egidius Braun as a possible replacement for Berti Vogts, who had resigned after the finals in France.

    However, Hodgson says Franz Beckenbauer's comments that a foreign coach would not help the national team scuppered any deal:

    Braun had difficulties with signing a foreign coach (for the Germany team).

    My friend Franz Beckenbauer made it clear that a foreign national coach would help neither the German coaching programme nor the young and talented German coaches.

    It was an honour when Braun called, but I had a contract with Blackburn. So I just remained a name on the president’s wish list. That in itself was a great honour.

    Meanwhile, Arsenal midfielder Jack Wilshere believes England must learn from Chile and begin to "play dirty" to succeed at the World Cup finals next year, reports Matthew Dunn of the Daily Express.

    The England star said:

    South American teams like to make little fouls and break the game up which is frustrating. But we could learn a bit from them sometimes.

    Maybe if we could pick that up from their character, a little foul here and there like they did, doesn’t hurt.

    Once they do little fouls, it slows play down and you have to stop, build up and it makes it difficult. Sometimes they made cheap fouls and it was good game-play.

    Every time we broke out they brought us down, slowed the game down, and we had to start again. We have to learn from it. 

Reader Offered Refund over 'Inaccuracies' in Sir Alex Ferguson Book

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    The controversy over former Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson's book continues to rumble on, but this time it is a member of the public who is hitting the headlines, according to David McDonnell of the Daily Mirror.

    Publishers Hodder and Stoughton have offered one customer a refund after they spotted 45 inaccuracies in the autobiography, claims the report.

    Meanwhile, Newcastle United could be set to offer Wilfried Zaha a way back into first-team football, reports Ben Burrows of the Daily Mirror.

    The England international has barely featured under David Moyes this season after his move from Crystal Palace, and the Magpies are considering a loan move for the player in January, claims Burrows.

    Burrows also reports that United are weighing up a move for Barcelona star Andres Iniesta when the transfer window reopens in January.

    Elsewhere, former PSV Eindhoven manager Dick Advocaat has backed Kevin Strootman to leave Roma for "a team of the calibre of Manchester United" in the future, reports Declan Warrington of the Daily Mail.

    Strootman worked under Advocaat at PSV before moving to the Serie A leaders in the summer. 

Wales Boss Chris Coleman Plans Real Madrid Talks over Gareth Bale in Friendlies

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    Wales manager Chris Coleman is planning to hold talks with Real Madrid over Gareth Bale in the near future, reports James Nursey of the Daily Mirror.

    Coleman wants to build bridges with the Bernabeu club over the use of Bale in future friendly internationals, particularly at home.

    Bale played in the 1-1 friendly draw with Finland in Cardiff on Saturday, but Coleman is conscious of maintaining a balance to be fair to Real:

    We are going to go over and speak with their whole staff to bring ourselves closer to Madrid. We have to build bridges. We need them with us.

    They have to feel comfortable that when he’s with us we are doing everything to send him back in one piece.

    It’s pointless us being dogmatic about it. They will bite us on the backside in the end.

    He’s playing a lot of games in Madrid. We have to look at it long term as well. As much as we need him, we need to look after him as well.

    If he’s fighting fit and great, we expect him to be here. If he’s fatigued, then we might rest him.

    For the bigger picture it might be worth us saying: ‘Just miss this one.’ It depends on when the game is. It depends on what we have got coming up and they have got coming up.

    If it’s at home, it’s nice for the Cardiff public to see him. The Welsh public want to see him. 

Nicklas Bendtner Eyes Barcelona or Real Madrid as Arsene Wenger Backs France

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    Arsenal striker Nicklas Bendtner sees himself playing for Barcelona or Real Madrid in the future, reports Matthew Morlidge of the Daily Mail.

    The Denmark international was quizzed on where he saw his career going in the coming seasons, and he gave the La Liga giants as his response, claims Morlidge.

    Meanwhile, Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has backed France to turn around their 2-0 deficit against Ukraine in the World Cup play-off second leg on Tuesday, reports Charlie Wyett of The Sun (subscription required).

    The 1998 world champions are on the verge of a shock exit before the 2014 tournament, but the Gunners boss believes his countrymen can find a way to Brazil:

    The team must unite around strong themes like solidarity. They shouldn’t rush.

    They’ll need to be consistent in their efforts but also patient and intelligent.

    The magic of team sport is in three or four days a position of strength can be reversed. 

Bits and Pieces: Mousa Dembele, Demba Ba, Luiz Felipe Scolari, Qatar 2022

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    Tottenham midfielder Mousa Dembele has voiced his dissatisfaction over a lack of first-team football, alerting Aston Villa and Newcastle, reports David Wright of the Daily Express.

    The Belgium international wants to ensure his place in the squad for the 2014 World Cup finals, and is unhappy at being benched by Spurs boss Andre Villas-Boas, claims the report.

    Chelsea striker Demba Ba is a transfer target for Turkish club Besiktas, claims the Daily Star.

    Brazil manager Luiz Felipe Scolari is refusing to rule out a possible return to the Premier League and Chelsea, claims Fernando Duarte of The Guardian.

    Amnesty International has criticised FIFA and the 2022 World Cup organisers over the treatment of migrant workers in Qatar, reports Ben Rumsby of the Daily Telegraph.

    Liverpool have won the race to sign Derby County midfielder Will Hughes, reports The Sun (subscription required).

    Former Everton midfielder Tim Cahill is looking for a return to the Premier League on loan from the New York Red Bulls, claims Darren Witcoop of the Daily Star.

    Former Liverpool and Chelsea midfielder Yossi Benayoun is having a trial with Queens Park Rangers, reports John Edwards of the Daily Mail.

    West Ham and Leyton Orient have been criticised for squabbling over the use of the London 2012 Olympic Stadium, reports Charles Sale of the Daily Mail