What the papers say
A look at what is making the back-page headlines in today's national newspapers.
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DAILY MAIL - Roy Hodgson admits he felt crushed after being accused of making a racist comment during his half-time team talk at Wembley on Tuesday. Also: The injury is more common among ballet dancers than hulking centre forwards but Andy Carroll concedes that his similarities with Billy Elliot go beyond their North East roots.
THE SUN - Jose Mourinho has vowed to help England. Also: Gabby Agbonlahor is desperate to gatecrash Roy Hodgson's summer Samba party in Rio... Sam Allardyce insists it is too early to book Ravel Morrison's seat on England's plane to Brazil.
THE TIMES - Greg Dyke, the Football Association chairman, moved on Thursday night to draw a line under a bizarre episode involving Roy Hodgson's use of the phrase "feed the monkey" during the half-time team-talk in England's World Cup qualifying victory over Poland. Also: Brendan Rodgers has confirmed that he was willing to consider Harry Redknapp's approach to become his assistant in the event of Redknapp being named England manager.
THE INDEPENDENT - Manchester United have agreed to investigate the viability of introducing a safe-standing area at Old Trafford - a move which could potentially deliver major impetus to the campaign for an alternative to seats for fans in the Premier League. Also: Those Arsenal fans handing out leaflets outside the annual general meeting on Thursday morning, imploring the club to be more like Bayern Munich, might have been slightly disappointed.
DAILY STAR - FA bosses on Thursday night backed Roy Hodgson to the hilt after his "monkey" joke blunder. Also: Arsene Wenger has been told: "Now it is time to deliver trophies." ... Brendan Rodgers saluted Steven Gerrard as the Liverpool captain goes in search of his 100th Premier League goal.
DAILY MIRROR - Wayne Rooney led the wave of support for Roy Hodgson as the England coach was cleared of racism in his team talk. Also: Arsene Wenger had revealed the three-point plan he believes will win Arsenal the Premier League title... Paul Ince shoved and abused a fourth official to pick up a thumping five-game FA ban.
THE GUARDIAN - The FA has thrown its full support behind the England manager, Roy Hodgson, after speaking directly to every member of the national squad involved in Tuesday's World Cup qualifying victory over Poland and ascertaining that none had taken offence at the punch-line to a "space monkey" joke Hodgson had relayed at half-time. Also: Newcastle supporters will renew their protests against the club's owner, Mike Ashley, by joining a march before Saturday's visit of Liverpool.
DAILY EXPRESS - Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho on Thursday night admitted he had wondered if skipper John Terry was finished at Stamford Bridge. Also: Roy Hodgson had been given the full support of the FA after no England player, nor their representatives, complained about the "space monkey" joke he made during half-time in the win over Poland... The FA has revealed the full extent of Paul Ince's behaviour which led to his five-match stadium ban last week.
DAILY TELEGRAPH - Roy Hodgson was on Thursday night given the full support of the FA over the "space monkey" race row that has overshadowed England's World Cup qualification. Also... Brendan Rodgers has hailed Steven Gerrard as a "wonderful ambassador" who England should be "honoured" to have as captain... Jose Mourinho has insisted Chelsea defender John Terry is "back on track" and is fully recovered from his frustrating six months under former manager Rafael Benitez.