What Sunday’s papers are saying:
MAIL ON SUNDAY: Frank Lampard’s long-term future at Chelsea is in jeopardy after he was dropped and appeared to storm away from the Stamford Bridge pitch last night. Also: Manchester City will make a £30million swoop for Arsenal captain Robin van Persie if contract talks between the crisis club and the disaffected star make no progress before the January transfer window.
SUNDAY TELEGRAPH: England’s hopes of qualifying for Euro 2012 suffered a setback yesterday when Wayne Rooney missed Manchester United’s draw at Stoke with a hamstring injury and Theo Walcott picked up a knee problem during Arsenal’s win over Bolton. Also: An upbeat Martin Johnson said it was “job done” after his England side ran in 10 tries against Romania to reach the verge of the World Cup quarter-finals.
SUNDAY TIMES: The controversy caused by the balls being used in the Rugby World Cup took a new turn when Jonny Wilkinson became embroiled in a “ball-tampering” row during England’s thumping 67-3 win over Romania. Also: Fernando Torres will miss three of Chelsea’s Premier League fixtures after being sent off for an ugly tackle on Swansea’s Mark Gower at Stamford Bridge yesterday.
THE INDEPENDENT: England have been in New Zealand for almost a month and yesterday they put 10 tries past Romania, but their manager, Martin Johnson, looked ahead to Saturday’s match against Scotland and said: “The World Cup really starts now.” Also: For once Manchester United endured a worse day than Manchester City, dropping points for the first time this season, and this morning they lead the Premier League only on goal difference.
THE OBSERVER: Martin Johnson has warned his unbeaten England players their Rugby World Cup campaign has not yet begun in earnest despite their position at the top of Pool B. Also: Fernando Torres scored his second goal in consecutive league games in Chelsea’s 4-1 win over Swansea City at Stamford Bridge but was then sent off. It capped a turbulent week for the Spanish striker.
SUNDAY MIRROR: Toon boss Alan Pardew hailed hat-trick hero Demba Ba. Also: Tottenham will turn to Carlo Ancelotti if England come calling for boss Harry Redknapp next year.
SUNDAY EXPRESS: Sir Alex Ferguson believes that Michael Owen can still be a European championship match-winner for Fabio Capello’s England Also: Mike Tindall insisted England’s World Cup party days are over as they prepare to get down to business - starting with next Saturday’s showdown with Scotland.
DAILY STAR SUNDAY: Roberto Mancini has targeted £20 million-rated Napoli hotshot Marek Hamsik as a possible replacement for Carlos Tevez. Also: £50 million misfit Fernando Torres scored a rare goal to set Chelsea on their way to a 4-1 win against Swansea - and minutes later he was sent off.
THE PEOPLE: Carlos Tevez’s fragile relationship with Manchester City is at breaking point again. Also: Fernando Torres went from hero to villain once again as the £50 million man scored - and was sent off!