WHAT today’s newspapers are saying:
THE SUN: Theo Walcott told friends he felt like he had “been hit by a bus” after his horrific Wembley collision. Also: Wayne Rooney will take over as skipper when Liverpool’s Steven Gerrard is not available to lead England...A staggering 126 ex-footballers are in prison, many victims of ruthless drug barons.
THE PEOPLE: Wayne Rooney will become England captain when Steven Gerrard steps down after the 2014 Brazil World Cup. Also: Aston Villa are ready to sell Darren Bent in January as his feud with boss Paul Lambert deepens...Tottenham are close to agreeing the £8million signing of Crystal Palace whizkid Wilfried Zaha...Ian Holloway is the shock favourite to manage Blackburn Rovers.
SUNDAY MIRROR: Wayne Rooney will be England’s long-term captain. Also: Mario Balotelli’s bad-boy reputation had wrecked his career with Manchester City...Theo Walcott is out for at least two weeks after suffering a bruised lung in his horror clash with San Marino goalkeeper Aldo Simoncini.
DAILY STAR SUNDAY: Spurs boss Andre Villas-Boas wants to sign £10m-rated Crystal Palace starlet Wilfried Zaha in January. Also: Theo Walcott is out of England’s crucial World Cup qualifier in Poland on Tuesday with a chest injury.
SUNDAY EXPRESS: Roy Hodgson has dubbed Wayne Rooney England’s future captain. Also: Moneybags Chelsea and Manchester City are going head-to-head in a £45million battle to sign Atletico Madrid’s free-scoring striker Radamel Falcao...Theo Walcott has been ruled out of England’s World Cup qualifier against Poland on Tuesday with a chest injury.
MAIL ON SUNDAY: Roy Hodgson has backed Wayne Rooney to become England’s permanent captain of the future following his encouraging first competitive outing against San Marino. Also: Bradley Wiggins’ cycling team face fresh questions about the history of their staff as two more team members have become embroiled in the fallout from the Lance Armstrong drugs controversy.
SUNDAY TIMES: The women who blew the whistle on Lance Armstrong’s doping have spoken of how they suffered because they decided to tell the truth about the Tour de France champion, who is now regarded as one of the greatest cheats in the history of sport. Also: Australian swimming legend Ian Thorpe has revealed that he has suffered with “crippling depression” throughout his career.
SUNDAY TELEGRAPH: Theo Walcott is out of England’s crucial World Cup qualification tie away to Poland after coughing up blood from a bruised lung while fears are growing that Frank Lampard will today lose his battle to be fit for the match. Also: The head of cycling’s world governing body says he is “shocked and angry” at the evidence contained in the USADA report detailing the alleged doping history of Lance Armstrong and his team-mates at the US Postal and Discovery Teams...Nick Compton is being lined up by director of cricket Andy Flower to open for England in India next month, the batsman has revealed.
THE OBSERVER: Peter Keen, the former performance director at UK Sport and the founder of today’s all-conquering Great Britain track cycling team, has called for the inception of a process of truth and reconciliation within professional road cycling to enable the sport to draw a line in the sand and move forward in the wake of the devastating revelations in Usada’s report into doping at Lance Armstrong’s US Postal Service team. Also: Wayne Rooney claims he has grown up and matured, and Roy Hodgson is prepared to believe him.
INDEPENDENT ON SUNDAY: New regulations that would change the face of English football are being debated by the 20 Premier League clubs, a majority of whom are understood to favour far greater financial controls, especially on wages. Also: The man who masterminded Australia’s road-race team at the 2012 London Olympics quit yesterday as the net widened on Lance Armstrong’s former drug cronies.