What today’s papers are saying, Sunay, October 13, 2013
SUNDAY MIRROR - Andros Townsend, England’s latest hero, is about to clinch a lucrative revised contract at Tottenham. Also: Tom Ince is set to join Newcastle in the January window... England’s hopes of reaching the World Cup finals have been boosted by a massive rift in the Poland camp.
THE SUNDAY TIMES - Roy Hodgson has hit back at “rubbish” criticism of his England team and promised they will stay positive as they seek to secure World Cup qualification against Poland on Tuesday. Also: The Football Association’s “England commission” could convene as early as next week, with Jose Mourinho, Steven Gerrard and Frank Lampard among the figures from whom it will aim to take soundings.
THE SUNDAY TELEGRAPH - Roy Hodgson has issued a passionate defence of his players’ patriotism and commitment, rubbishing a claim by one of the biggest names in European football that the England team “do not care about the shirt”. Also: Real Madrid have disclosed that Gareth Bale is suffering from a chronic back injury in addition to the thigh problem that has restricted him to just 132 minutes of action for his new club.
THE MAIL ON SUNDAY - Wayne Rooney is convinced he can become part of a golden era of international football under Roy Hodgson because of the wealth of young talent the England manager has at his disposal. Also: England (cricket) stars are close to agreeing new deals that would nearly double their pay and smash the £1million barrier... Artur Boruc vowed on Saturday night to play like Jan Tomaszewski and break English hearts - just as the legendary Polish goalkeeper did 40 years ago at Wembley.
THE OBSERVER - Roy Hodgson, emboldened by the success of his young strikeforce against Montenegro, has brought Raheem Sterling into his squad for England’s crucial game against Poland on Tuesday. Also: Maria de Villota’s family have claimed that the test driver died as a result of neurological injuries sustained when she crashed while testing a Marussia Formula One car in 2012... The Celtic nations and Italy will meet the Rugby Football Union this week ready to make concessions to ensure that European club rugby continues next season after the English and French sides pull out of the Heineken Cup.
THE INDEPENDENT ON SUNDAY - England will face a wall of noise from Poland fans for Tuesday’s must-win World Cup qualifier after the Football Association decided to increase the visitors’ ticket allocation to ensure a 85,000 sell-out. Also: As a seven-year-old, Helen Grant took up judo to protect herself from racists on her Carlisle council estate. Now she is Sports Minister.
DAILY STAR SUNDAY - Adnan Januzaj’s representatives want a £100,000 signing-on fee as part of a new £20k-a-week-plus deal for the Manchester United starlet. Also: Roy Hodgson on Saturday night demanded victory against Poland on Tuesday... Andre Villas-Boas wants to boost Tottenham’s firepower by signing want-away Manchester United striker Javier Hernandez.
SUNDAY EXPRESS - England boss Roy Hodgson has warned that Poland will want to replicate the deeds of 1973 and wreck the Three Lions’ march towards next summer’s World Cup finals. Also: Defender Gary Cahill believes Andros Townsend is the man to fire England to next year’s World Cup finals... Derby’s brilliant teenage midfielder Will Hughes is being tracked by Manchester United, Liverpool and Barcelona.
SUNDAY PEOPLE - Fired-up Roy Hodgson on Saturday night laid bare his passion by revelling in a ‘cheap shot’ at the man who said England’s stars did not give a damn about their country. Also: Andros Townsend is in contract talks with Tottenham that could land him a whopping 400 per cent pay rise... Wayne Rooney has vowed to score the goals to send England to the World Cup finals - and then take the tournament by storm.