WHAT today’s papers are saying:
DAILY STAR: Roberto Di Matteo last night warned John Terry: You are no longer the King of Stamford Bridge. Also: Jack Wilshere admits his recall to the England squad could be too much too soon.
THE SUN: Jack Wilshere dropped a bombshell by admitting he should not be in the England squad for next week’s clash with Sweden. Also: Alan Pardew has signalled Newcastle’s intent to re-sign Andy Carroll... Chelsea have finally made a profit under Roman Abramovich.
DAILY MAIL: Jack Wilshere has pledged his future to Arsenal, his ‘home’ and his ‘perfect’ club, after returning from injury. Also: Raheem Sterling is poised to reject Liverpool’s initial offer of a new contract after talks opened last week.
THE TIMES: Brendan Rodgers has admitted that unless Liverpool can keep pace with Luis Suarez’s ambitions, they will run the risk of losing the forward in circumstances similar to those that led to Fernando Torres joining Chelsea almost two years ago. Also: There has been plenty of talk this week of England’s fledgelings now having to fly; of this autumn being production time for the side carefully bolted together by Stuart Lancaster; that the lessons of the Six Nations and South Africa have been absorbed.
DAILY MIRROR: Liverpool must never again be forced to sell stars like Fernando Torres, according to Brendan Rodgers. Also: Jack Wilshere has admitted even he thinks his England call-up has come “too soon”.
THE GUARDIAN: After nine years and more than £1bn of investment Chelsea are in the black for the first time in the free-spending Roman Abramovich era, thanks to their Champions League victory, a rare profit on transfers and improved commercial deals. Also: Roberto Mancini has the full backing of Manchester City’s Abu Dhabi hierarchy regarding his admission that he was sounded out by Monaco and other clubs last season and his angry reaction following the 2-2 draw with Ajax in the Champions League. There is also complete faith in the manager in the long term.
DAILY EXPRESS: Wayne Rooney will be stripped of the penalty-taker’s job by Sir Alex Ferguson if he misses another one for Manchester United. Also: England are treating their autumn international series, which begins at Twickenham today, as a rehearsal for the World Cup here in 2015.
DAILY TELEGRAPH: Long before the heart-stopping dramas of its last act, before the pain in his foot became excruciating and before Thierry Dusautoir’s try cut the lead over France to just one point, Richie McCaw had worked out what New Zealand’s 2011 World Cup was all about. And it certainly was not the tournament he had planned. Also: The sense of restless energy at Twickenham yesterday was evident, not just in the host of contractors busy about the place, but also with England defence coach Andy Farrell pledging that the side have to show “no mercy”.
THE INDEPENDENT: An awful lot has happened to Chris Robshaw since he shouldered the burden of the England captaincy ahead of the Calcutta Cup match with Scotland at Murrayfield back in February, but today’s game with Fiji will be another first for him. Never before has he led the national team at Twickenham with the bookmakers’ odds firmly in his favour. Also: Remembrance Day will be widely observed across British sport this weekend, with a minute’s silence at all Premier League grounds and at the three rugby union internationals, as a poll released today backs support for a special sport-free day to mark the centenary of the start of the First World War two years from now.