wHAT today’s newspapers are saying:
DAILY MAIL: Wayne Rooney and Danny Welbeck scored two goals apiece to ease England past minnows San Marino. Also: Gareth Bale capped a magnificent individual performance with two late goals as Chris Coleman picked up his first victory as Wales boss in fantastic style.
DAILY EXPRESS: England got the scoreline they expected but not the performance. Also: Superb Gareth Bale kept Wales in the World Cup and probably manager Chris Coleman in his job with a stunning two-goal performance in Cardiff last night.
THE SUN: England produced a high five to see off San Marino - as Wayne Rooney became their fifth-highest goalscorer. Also: Gareth Bale got Chris Coleman out of jail last night.
DAILY MIRROR: Wayne Rooney led England to victory thanks to a late goal rush at Wembley. Also: Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich has given the go-ahead to launch a stunning £46million swoop for Atletico Madrid hitman Radamel Falcao in January.
THE TIMES: Wayne Rooney scored twice on his competitive debut as England captain in a 5-0 victory at Wembley to overtake Tom Finney and Nat Lofthouse and become the fifth most prolific scorer in the country’s history. Also: It is often said that England are found wanting when it comes to goalscoring centre-forwards but, after a vibrant attacking display from their supporting cast last night, it was Craig Dawson, the free-scoring central defender, who stepped forward to dispatch the winning goal from the penalty spot.
DAILY STAR: Stand-in skipper Wayne Rooney led from the front for England at Wembley last night. Also: Gareth Bale’s double strike eased the pressure on boss Chris Coleman and earned Wales their first World Cup Group A qualifying points.
THE INDEPENDENT: Nine very tired men lined up on the edge of their penalty area, all of them secretly wondering if they could get to Wayne Rooney at the final whistle to exchange shirts. This was not what international football is supposed to be about. Also: John Terry will delay his decision on whether to appeal against the guilty verdict on Football Association charges of racial abuse until next week, after the World Cup qualifier against Poland.
THE GUARDIAN: The farce of this occasion was probably summed up midway through the second half. Also: One of the most unhappy sagas in football’s history of club ownership may finally be nearing its conclusion after the Football League declined to approve the bid by the Hong Kong-based businessman Balram Chainrai to take over Portsmouth again.
DAILY TELEGRAPH: England footballers usually keep accountants busy and San Marino’s bookkeeper of a goalkeeper, Aldo Simoncini, was duly troubled by Wayne Rooney twice, Danny Welbeck twice and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain last night. Also: Stuart Pearce is on course to etch his name into the England history books after taking a substantial step towards reaching his fourth successive European Under-21 Championship.