Read all about it and find out what other top sports stories are making the headlines in today’s UK national newspapers - Sunday, June 2, 2013.
SUNDAY EXPRESS: England boss Roy Hodgson faces Brazil in tonight’s prestige friendly in Rio de Janeiro with a lack of firepower - and a blast at the foreign-obsessed Premier League. Also: Owen Farrell escaped serious injury after being smashed in the face by his Saracens teammate Schalk Brits.
THE SUN ON SUNDAY: Roy Hodgson insists he is “more than happy” with the job he is doing for misfiring England. Also: Lukas Podolski is a summer transfer target for Borussia Dortmund... Mark Hughes has revealed how a pep talk from Sir Alex Ferguson helped him climb off the scrapheap.
SUNDAY MIRROR: Manuel Pellegrini is planning a secret meeting to thrash out his Manchester City blueprint. Also: Frank Lampard got a taste of things to come in Rio de Janeiro yesterday... Rene Meulensteen is set to become the new manager of Wigan this week.
DAILY STAR: Chelsea are ready to sell both David Luiz and Branislav Ivanovic to Barcelona for a combined £40 million. Also: Sulking Luis Suarez has been told by Kop great John Barnes it is best that he leaves Liverpool this summer... Arsenal are struggling to put together a financial package to tempt Wayne Rooney away from Manchester United.
MAIL ON SUNDAY: English football faces losses of up to £50m if England fail to qualify for next summer’s World Cup finals. Also: Cesc Fabregas will meet Barcelona manager Tito Vilanova this week for talks about his future, with Manchester United, Manchester City, Arsenal and Chelsea all interested in signing him... Maria Sharapova has joined the growing number of tennis stars calling for Hawk-Eye at the French Open.
SUNDAY PEOPLE: Luis Suarez has continued his incredible rant over life in England - by blasting the Prime Minister. Also: Roy Hodgson believes a chronic shortage of strikers is at the heart of England’s problems on the big stage... Nani is poised to quit Manchester United and join big-spending Monaco in a £20m deal.
THE INDEPENDENT: Liverpool and Tottenham face a summer of uncertainty after Real Madrid made clear their desire to sign Luis Suarez and Gareth Bale. Also: Roy Hodgson last night urged his critics to back off his depleted England team that will face Brazil at the Maracana Stadium tonight, reminding them that even Barcelona would struggle with a similar scale of injury problems - which now include Danny Welbeck, who is out the friendly.
THE OBSERVER: Warren Gatland has warned his British & Irish Lions to turn the other cheek and not react to provocation from Australian opponents in the forthcoming weeks. The Lions enjoyed a runaway 59-8 win over the Barbarians in their opening tour fixture, but their young fly-half, Owen Farrell, was caught up in an ugly first-half clash with his Saracens club-mate Schalk Brits. Also: Sir Bradley Wiggins is at a crossroads in his career after his withdrawal from the Tour de France and urgently needs to set himself new goals, according to British Cycling head coach Shane Sutton.
SUNDAY TIMES: Considering that the hellish conditions in the Hong Kong stadium seemed to some to constitute a danger to life and limb, it must be said that had the Lions had any energy left they would have returned to their hotel last night skipping gaily. Also: Real Madrid are ready to break the world transfer record with an audacious £85m swoop for Gareth Bale, as well as splashing out £40m on Luis Suarez. Combining the two Premier League stars with Cristiano Ronaldo and Karim Benzema would then give Madrid the world’s first quarter-billion-pound forward line... Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is in the running to be Everton’s next manager.
SUNDAY TELEGRAPH: Warren Gatland has warned Owen Farrell that he cannot afford to lose his discipline again after the England fly-half traded blows with Schalk Brits during the British and Irish Lions’ 59-8 win against the Barbarians. Also: Kurtley Beale, who is undergoing counselling for alcohol-related issues at a private clinic, increased hopes in Australia that he may be available to face the British and Irish Lions after returning to action with his club side on Saturday.