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Czech Out

by | 2nd, July 2004

‘ENGLISH football is so parochial – on the morning after Greece beat the Czech Republic to reach the Euro 2004 final, all the papers’ interest is directed elsewhere.

Henmania reaches Athens

The Sun reports that Stevie Gerrard sent a text message to new Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho after England’s defeat by Portugal saying how much he was looking forward to his move south.

That, says the paper, is how close the midfielder came to leaving Liverpool before announcing on Monday his decision to stay.

The Star insists that Edgar Davids is on his way to Spurs, which is interesting because the Sun says Liverpool are on the verge of clinching the Dutch midfielder’s signature.

The Mirror says Newcastle want to make it a hat-trick of summer signings by landing Southampton striker James Beattie as well as Manchester United’s Nicky Butt and Leeds’ James Milner.

And the Mail insists that Manchester United are poised to pair Ruud Van Nistelrooy with Wayne Rooney in a “dazzling” strike partnership next season.

Just as Euro 2004 ended as soon as England were defeated (aside, of course, from the constant whinging from the Sun), so Wimbledon might have ended the moment Tim Henman bowed out.

But 17-year-old Russian Maria Sharapova has single-handedly kept the hacks from switching over to watch some property programme on ITV.

“You beauty,” squeals the Express headline, as the No.13 seed came from behind to beat Lindsay Davenport in yesterday’s semi-final.

The paper days the teenager sat a sociology exam before going on Centre Court yesterday – “then got a Grade A pass for her tennis”.

In the final she will meet Serena Williams who also came from a set down to beat Amelie Mauresmo in another thrilling match.

If we have to delve many pages inside today’s papers to find news of the Trianos Dellas header that sent Greece into raptures, we have to go even further to learn that England’s cricketers gave the West Indies a good hiding yesterday.

But there is no apology from the Sun after it yesterday branded them a bunch of losers for their performances so far in this triangular tournament.

Quite the opposite – the paper that gives weasels a bad name insists that its back page spurred on the England players to glory.

If Henman wins Wimbledon next year, England triumph at the next World Cup and our rugby players retain the Webb Ellis trophy, at least we know who we’ll have to thank…’

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