What today’s papers are saying:
DAILY EXPRESS: Steve Bruce says he and Sunderland’s playing staff have been “shocked and devastated” by Titus Bramble’s arrest following allegations of sexual assault and possessing class A drugs. Also: Robin van Persie has been urged to put aside his dislike of Emmanuel Adebayor and shake his former team-mate’s hand in tomorrow’s north London derby between Arsenal and Tottenham.
THE SUN: Wayne Rooney has set his sights on being captain for club and country. Also: Arsene Wenger last night told the Arsenal boo-boys to lay off Emmanuel Adebayor tomorrow.
DAILY MAIL: Roberto Mancini’s row with Carlos Tevez took a remarkable twist last night when it emerged his son refused to come on as a substitute for Manchester City. Also: Martin Johnson has accepted responsibility and expressed regret for the match ball controversy which undermined England’s preparations for this morning’s crucial World Cup clash against Scotland; Steve Bruce has rounded on his defender Titus Bramble and accused him of showing disrespect to Sunderland and their fans.
DAILY MIRROR: Roberto Mancini’s son refused to come off the subs bench in a Manchester City reserve game. Also: Robin van Persie has been urged to shake hands with Emmanuel Adebayor ahead of tomorrow’s north London derby; Steven Gerrard last night told Fabio Capello to leave him out of England’s Euro 2012 qualifier in Montenegro.
DAILY STAR: Roberto Mancini has warned his superstar rebels: I’m in charge here, not you. Also: Wayne Rooney has revealed he would love to skipper Manchester United and England.
THE DAILY TELEGRAPH: Martin Johnson, the England manager, has accepted ultimate responsibility for the ball-switching controversy that has led to two members of his coaching team being banned from Eden Park for today’s Pool B decider against Scotland. Also: Roberto Mancini bore the confident look yesterday of a manager who knows he enjoys the full backing of his club’s owners, who has been informed that Manchester City’s power brokers share his anger over ‘Benchgate’.
THE TIMES: Roberto Mancini’s bitter dispute with Carlos Tevez was thrown into fresh controversy last night when it emerged that the Manchester City manager’s son had been involved in a similar refusal to play during a recent reserve match for the club. Also: Neil Warnock believes that English football would be far better off without Carlos Tevez.
THE GUARDIAN: At the unusually packed Manchester City press conference with Roberto Mancini an elephant was in the room and its name was Carlos Tevez. Also: The Football Association has warned that agreeing new short-term broadcast deals for the England team and the FA Cup could pose a challenge to its financial health, as it lodged its annual results with Companies House.
THE INDEPENDENT: Rafael Benitez has stood by his description of Everton as a “small club”, delivered four years ago, insisting that his words related only to David Moyes’ side’s unambitious display against Liverpool in one fixture. Also: The eve of a win-or-bust World Cup game is not the ideal moment for an outpouring of contrition, especially when the man saying sorry is Martin Johnson, the very embodiment of English rugby’s “no backward step” spirit.