What today’s papers are saying:
THE PEOPLE: Manchester City are ready to hit Carlos Tevez with a whopping fine of £1.5million - as well as suspending him for six weeks. Also: Fulham striker Bobby Zamora and manager Martin Jol have had an astonishing training-ground bust-up.
THE OBSERVER: England applied another coat of greasepaint and went on stage to perform their familiar role as the malevolent beast that stalks the World Cup. Also: For the third World Cup in a row, France now find England in their path after they stumbled into the quarter-finals with an embarrassing defeat by Tonga which leaves Marc Lievremont’s team in a mess both on and off the field.
THE MAIL ON SUNDAY: Manchester City are determined that Carlos Tevez will pay football’s ultimate price for downing tools in Munich last week - and end his days with the club as a first-team outcast. Also: Jonny Wilkinson’s further participation in this World Cup - and with it his England career - is hanging in the balance.
THE INDEPENDENT ON SUNDAY: Jonny Wilkinson was due to have a scan on a bruised forearm after enduring another nervy night of a goal-kicking in England’s 16-12 World Cup win over Scotland. Also: France’s coach, Marc Lievremont, said that with this astonishing defeat his team had achieved a “bitter” qualification for the World Cup quarter-finals.
SUNDAY EXPRESS: Manchester City stopped Carlos Tevez from flying home to his native Argentina on Friday night as they stepped up their probe into whey he refused to play for the club. Also: Chris Ashton admitted that scoring the winning try against the auld enemy was one of the greatest moments of his career.
DAILY STAR SUNDAY: Man City have banned Carlos Tevez from flying home to Argentina because the Etihad rebel must attend a disciplinary probe tomorrow. Also: Everton boss David Moyes last night told ref Martin Atkinson: You ruined the Merseyside derby.
SUNDAY MIRROR: Tim Krul was in magnificent form as Newcastle stole an away win at Wolves. Also: Liverpool’s Martin Kelly is a shock contender for a place in the England squad for Friday’s crucial Euro 2012 qualifier in Montenegro.
THE SUNDAY TELEGRAPH: England coach Martin Johnson has injury concerns over Jonny Wilkinson and Mike Tindall following yesterday’s hard-fought 16-12 win over Scotland, while Delon Armitage could yet be cited for an alleged high tackle on Chris Paterson. Also: Tonga were celebrating last night after producing one of the greatest upsets in World Cup history with a 19-14 win against France.
THE SUNDAY TIMES: A day that started nervously for England with an unimpressive win ended with their World Cup hopes buoyed by the news that Dan Carter, the man predicted to drive New Zealand to glory, will miss the rest of the tournament. Also: Tonga delivered the upset the 2011 World Cup desperately needed and France suffered the humiliation they deserved in the Pacific Islanders’ final match of the tournament in Wellington.