World Cup Paper Review: Steven Gerrard Demands Names from Harry Redknapp

BR-UK StaffFeatured Columnist IVJune 22, 2014

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - JUNE 22:  Captain Steven Gerrard talks to the media during an England press conference at the Urca Military Base on June 22, 2014 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.  (Photo by Richard Heathcote/Getty Images)
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England have barely been out of the World Cup two days, and already it is silly season among the British newspapers.

Almost all of Monday's sport sections lead with the same story, Steven Gerrard's "demand" that Harry Redknapp name the players that he claimed tried to get out of England duty while he was Tottenham manager.

Never mind that such an allegation (whether or not it is true) had less than nothing to do with England's early World Cup exit, it seems we simply must find out who these unpatriotic souls were.

That's the priority, not sorting out what went wrong against Uruguay...

Elsewhere, The Times go for a completely different angle—perhaps they missed Gerrard's press conference?—as they go instead with the news that Roy Hodgson is ready to play his fringe players in the meaningless final game against Costa Rica.

And finally, an actual story of newsworthy merit, as The Daily Telegraph splashes with the exclusive that the president of the Ghana FA agreed to help arrange friendlies involving the African country with "fixed" results. One to keep an eye on in the days ahead.