Afternoon Report: May 3

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Tottenham manager Harry Redknapp has admitted that Roy Hodgson's appointment as England national manager has "saved him a decision".

Redknapp was widely regarded as the favourite to succeed Fabio Capello before Hodgson emerged as a surprise candidate for the role on Monday.

Sir Alex Ferguson has backed Rio Ferdinand to be included in England's Euro 2012 squad after the Manchester United defender's "fantastic season."

Elsewhere, Tottenham and England right-back Kyle Walker has signed a new contract that will keep him at White Hart Lane until at least 2017.


Tottenham are rivalling Arsenal for the signing of Jan Vertonghen, with Harry Redknapp confirming an interest in the Ajax defender. (Sky Sports)

Manchester United are reportedly close to wrapping up a deal for Japan and Borussia Dortmund midfielder Shinji Kagawa. (talkSPORT)

And finally, Blackburn are facing a summer exodus, with Junior Hoillet, Steven N'Zonzi and Yakubu set to leave if relegated. (Daily Mail)

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