What Saturday’s papers are saying:
THE GUARDIAN: There was an efficiency to England’s work and a dismayed home support would eventually disgrace itself with monkey chants aimed at Ashley Young. Also: Goals from Steve Morison and Aaron Ramsey gave Wales their first points of the Euro 2012 qualifying campaign as a much-improved display lifted some of the gloom around Gary Speed’s team.
THE DAILY TELEGRAPH: England were in clover last night, put there by Wayne Rooney on a pitch that badly needed weeding. Also: The FA will lodge an official complaint to Uefa after Ashley Young was apparently subjected to racist abuse in Sofia last night.
THE INDEPENDENT: Wayne Rooney last night scored his first goals for England in almost a year in an emphatic 3-0 victory over Bulgaria that pushed Fabio Capello’s team closer to qualification for Euro 2012. Also: Craig Levein is not weighed down by the pressure he will be under as Scotland host the Czech Republic at Hampden Park this afternoon.
DAILY MAIL: Wayne Rooney took his goalscoring form on to the international stage last night as England turned a tricky trip to Sofia into a European qualifying stroll in the park. Also: Gary Speed asked for his team to get nasty at the Cardiff City Stadium.
DAILY MIRROR: Wayne Rooney was the hero with a brilliant double to take England to the brink of qualification for the Euro 2012 Championship last night. Also: Arsenal new boy Park Chu-young grabbed a hat-trick to help South Korea to a 6-0 win over Lebanon in their World Cup qualifier in Goyang.
DAILY STAR: England took a giant stride towards the Euro 2012 finals last night. Also: Manchester United have written off Chelsea’s chances of winning the Premier League this season - insisting the Blues squad is too old.
DAILY EXPRESS: Wayne Rooney proved he is a haircut above the rest by scoring his first England goals for a year to inspire Fabio Capello’s men to an easy Euro 2012 qualifying victory over Bulgaria. Also: Forumla One boss Bernie Ecclestone told a leading Lib Dem MP he was “not realistic” after being challenged for switching most grand prix coverage to Sky.
THE SUN: Wayne Rooney weaved his magic as razor-sharp England saw off Bulgaria last night. Also: QPR’s new owner Tony Fernandes is planning a swoop for David Beckham.
THE TIMES: England took a huge step towards qualifying for next year’s European Championship finals last night with a 3-0 win over Bulgaria. Also: Germany became the first team to book their place at Euro 2012 alongside Ukraine and Poland, the joint hosts, when they beat Austria 6-2 in Gelsenkirchen last night.