England stars KO’d by virus

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We look at all the football and sport gossip making the back pages, including news from England, Stoke City, Chelsea, QPR, Manchester United and Arsenal plus more from the Olympics.

THE SUN: Roy Hodgson called up three rookies after fearing England’s squad could be torn apart by a virus. Also: Roy Hodgson has revealed how Peter Crouch refused to be on standby for Euro 2012.

DAILY MIRROR: Roy Hodgson fears a virus could wreck his World Cup plans at Wembley tonight. Also: Peter Crouch is being punished for his Euro 2012 snub.

DAILY STAR: Roy Hodgson fears illness could wreck England’s World Cup chances against Ukraine tonight. Also: Jonny Evans has risked the wrath of Sir Alex Ferguson after admitting he will play for Northern Ireland tonight despite not being fully fit.

DAILY EXPRESS: Roy Hodgson faces an anxious wait in the build-up to tonight’s World Cup qualifier against Ukraine after the England camp was struck by a virus. Also: Sebastian Coe is favourite to become the chairman of the British Olympic Association.

DAILY MAIL: The Football Association will not ask John Terry to submit his mobile phone records before appearing at a hearing into the racist allegations against him. Also: Between foreign bodies and foreign players, the job of managing England appeared to be getting a whole lot harder last night.

THE INDEPENDENT: Roy Hodgson will discover this morning whether a virus in the England squad has ruled out any more of his players for tonight’s World Cup qualifier against Ukraine after illness suffered by Theo Walcott and Daniel Sturridge forced him into three emergency call-ups yesterday. Also: Roy Hodgson said yesterday that he would not consider Peter Crouch, the Stoke City striker who has 22 goals in 42 England caps, as a late call-up to his squad because the player turned down the chance to go on standby for Euro 2012.

THE TIMES: Roy Hodgson is bracing himself for the possibility of further withdrawals before England’s World Cup qualifier against Ukraine this evening as a result of a virus that has swept through the camp in the last 24 hours. Also: Anton Ferdinand’s hopes of facing John Terry in the West London derby between Queens Park Rangers and Chelsea on Saturday have increased after the QPR defender returned to training yesterday.

THE GUARDIAN: Roy Hodgson fears his preparations for this evening’s World Cup qualifier against Ukraine could be further disrupted by a virus that has prompted Theo Walcott to be sent home and is threatening to afflict other members of his England squad. Also: Lord Coe is set to become the next chairman of the British Olympic Association after confirming he would accept an invitation to stand for the position.

DAILY TELEGRAPH: Charles van Commenee, the tough-talking Dutchman who promised he would be on the first plane out of Heathrow if he failed to meet his Olympic medal target, is to quit as head coach of UK Athletics. Also: Lord Coe has confirmed that he will stand for election as chairman of the British Olympic Association after being approached to succeed Lord Moynihan.