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What The Papers Say - 17 June

by Matthew Gamble @efc_mattgamble

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Daily Post




EVERTON striker Ayegbeni Yakubu has promised to run until he drops for Nigeria.

He is also determined to get on the scoresheet in South Africa.

"As a striker you're always under pressure to get goals," he said.

"You can play well and contribute, but if you don't put the ball in the net people will criticise you and say you're not doing the right things.

"I want to get goals more than anybody to make the people back home in Nigeria happy.

"I give everything I have when I pull on the shirt of my country and I will keep on doing it until I fall down."

Yakubu is living the dream and delighted to be in the squad alongside Nigeria legend Kanu.

He said: "I remember watching the World Cup on TV with family and friends when I was a young boy, and I never dreamt I would be there, playing in one.

"Being here, and with a legend like Kanu as a team-mate, I can remember what it felt like to be a boy and dream."

Meanwhile, Nigeria coach Lars Lagerback says he is "positive" going into the crucial Group B match against Greece today at the Free State Stadium.

Even though his side lost to Argentina in the opening match, the former Sweden boss took a lot out of the game.

Lagerback said: "I am feeling positive. This a big challenge and probably a match we must win if we are not to go home.

"We have had a good week. I have been impressed with the players' attitude and the way they have trained. We need to start winning of course."

Daily Post


KRIS BOYD would welcome a move to the Premier League with Everton reportedly mulling over a bid for the striker.

The Rangers hitman was linked with the Goodison Park outfit this week as rumours circled David Moyes' men had joined the race for the 26-year-old.

Coming to the end of his contract at the Ibrox Stadium, Boyd would be available on a free transfer alerting a host of top flight English clubs.

The Daily Post understands offers have already been forthcoming however, Everton are yet to make any formal approach for the Scottish Premier League's all time leading scorer.

And given the recent acquisition of Jermaine Beckford, Boyd would not be an automatic first choice at Goodison Park, though is known to be keen on making a move to Merseyside.

As well as reported interest from Turkish side Kayserispor, who were at one stage favourites to capture the Scotland international, Premier League sides Aston Villa and Birmingham City were thought to be interested as well as Championship outfit Middlesbrough.

The Daily Post believes Moyes has been contacted about the availability of Boyd, who has a record 164 SPL goals to him name, but has yet to indicate if Everton are likely to make a move.

The Sun


TIM CAHILL will learn his World Cup fate today as he relies on FIFA's mercy.

A disciplinary panel meets to decide the length of the Aussie midfielder's ban for his sending off against Germany on Sunday.

Cahill got a straight red card from Mexican referee Marco Rodriguez for a challenge on Bastian Schweinsteiger but says he is innocent.

Even Schweinsteiger publicly declared his support for the Everton star after the 4-0 win in Durban.

FIFA could double the one-match ban to two and, with Australia bottom of Group D, his World Cup could be over after just 55 minutes of the first game.

Cahill, 30, said: "I never doubt my character. The one thing I am is 100 per cent committed.

"If something happens to me and I get suspended, I'll be 100 per cent behind the lads.

"I'll train hard to prove my worth and if I can be available for the last game that would be great.

"It's one of the saddest moments of my career to be in this position.

"But this is the beauty of football. One day you are a hero - the next day you are at the bottom."

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