What today’s papers are saying today: Sunday, September 8.
INDEPENDENT ON SUNDAY: Pep Guardiola sought an interview for the England manager’s job last year but the Football Association did not take up the opportunity. Instead they gave the job to Roy Hodgson because they were determined to appoint an Englishman.
SUNDAY MIRROR: Manchester United’s failure to land a marquee signing for manager David Moyes has not gone down well with the club’s American owners. Also: Qatar’s status as 2022 World Cup hosts has been challenged by former FA chairman David Bernstein.
DAILY STAR SUNDAY: Roy Hodgson has given his England stars the perfect recipe to reach Rio: Play like Steven Gerrard. Also: Manchester City will make a £30m move for Porto defender Eliaquim Mangala as soon as the transfer window opens in January.
SUNDAY EXPRESS: England boss Roy Hodgson has called for “half a dozen Steven Gerrards” to help ensure the Three Lions are Brazil-bound for next summer’s World Cup finals. Also: Lewis Hamilton branded himself an “idiot” after a poor qualifying session left him 12th on the grid for today’s Italian Grand Prix.
MAIL ON SUNDAY: The Football Association turned down the chance to interview Pep Guardiola for the England manager’s job last year, appointing Roy Hodgson instead having made a policy decision to hire an English manager.
THE SUNDAY TIMES: Tokyo was awarded the 2020 Olympics and Paralympics last night, surviving a late surge of support for rival cities. The Japanese capital won 60 votes to Istanbul’s 36 in the final ballot, with the decision announced by Jacques Rogge, the president of the International Olympic Committee, in Buenos Aires. Also: Roy Hodgson will put his faith in Rickie Lambert and decline to call up another striker, despite Daniel Sturridge being ruled out of England’s crunch World Cup qualifier in Ukraine on Tuesday.
THE SUNDAY TELEGRAPH: Roy Hodgson will not “panic” and call up any replacements despite the striker crisis facing England ahead of Tuesday’s crunch World Cup qualifier away to Ukraine. Hodgson will instead keep faith with Rickie Lambert. Also: Manchester United want Wayne Rooney to sign a new contract keeping him at the club “well into his thirties”.
THE OBSERVER: England will travel to the Ukraine on Sunday without the injured Daniel Sturridge after the Liverpool striker was forced out of Tuesday’s critical World Cup qualifier having failed to recover sufficiently from a thigh strain.
THE PEOPLE: Roy Hodgson has backed Rickie Lambert to lead England’s line on Tuesday - even though he would have been axed had Danny Welbeck not been banned. Also: Damien Comolli has hit back at FA chairman Greg Dyke, claiming English football needs to get its own house in order before blaming foreign players.
THE SUN SUNDAY: Arsenal are reopening £15million contract talks with Arsene Wenger - and are hoping a £40m January transfer fund will persuade him to sign. Also: Wayne Rooney’s head injury was so bad he could actually touch his skull.