Football news – Sven sack threat, David Villa keen on Arsenal, Capello keen on Wayne Rooney for England captain


16th, April 2008

Today’s top football stories…
77106784.jpgManchester City owner Thaksin Shinawatra (pictured) will conduct a review of the club as speculation mounts about manager Sven-Goran Eriksson’s future. Thaksin has revealed he is unhappy with City’s showing in the second half of the Premier League season. BBC Sport
David Villa is ready to snub Chelsea and move to Arsenal. The £20m-rated Valencia striker insists he would rather be a Gunner than a Blue. The Sun
Fabio Capello sees Wayne Rooney as a future England captain but says the striker still needs to develop a killer instinct in front of goal. The England coach recognises Rooney as the ‘most talented’ player in his squad and someone he rates ‘a natural leader’. Daily Mail

Roman Abramovich is ready to defy the wrath of Chelsea fans and hand Avram Grant a £100million summer spending kitty. Mirror
Didier Drogba is a major injury doubt for Chelsea ahead of next week’s Champions League semi-final against Liverpool. It was thought that the striker was rested for Monday’s Premiership meeting with Wigan, but the Drog is not expected to feature at Everton on Thursday night. F365
Tom Hicks is considering raising the stakes in the Liverpool power struggle by asking his co-owner George Gillett to place on record whether Rafael Benítez features in his long-term plans for Anfield. Guardian
Fabio Capello gave his biggest names a stark warning that if they miss England’s two end-of-season friendlies they risk being frozen out of his 2010 World Cup qualification campaign. Independent