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Rooney and Ferdinand to miss England friendlies

Manchester United duo Wayne Rooney and Rio Ferdinand have been left out of England’s squad for the forthcoming friendlies against Spain and Sweden at Wembley.

sports Updated: Nov 08, 2011 01:42 IST

Manchester United duo Wayne Rooney and Rio Ferdinand have been left out of England’s squad for the forthcoming friendlies against Spain and Sweden at Wembley.

As expected, England captain John Terry was included despite allegations that he racially abused QPR defender Anton Ferdinand, but coach Fabio Capello decided not to select Rooney as he needs to look at other attacking options ahead of Euro 2012 following the striker’s three-match ban for a red card against Montenegro.

Rooney hopes to have the ban reduced on appeal, but he will definitely miss at least two group matches, so Capello has handed a first call-up to Chelsea striker Daniel Sturridge, while there is also a recall for Aston Villa forward Gabriel Agbonlahor.

'Fewer La Liga clubs, equal TV money'
Spain’s La Liga has too many clubs, Barcelona soccer president Sandro Rosell said on Monday. “My opinion is that our league has too many clubs. We have 20 and we should go down to 18, then to 16,” he said during a debate at the International Football Arena conference.

Rosell said he was opposed to foreign ownership of the country’s clubs and added:

“It is the only league where TV rights are negotiated individually and some time in the next few years we have to put it all in one pot and make the distribution the way it is in Serie A and the Premier League.”