What today’s papers are saying: Sunday, June 16.
DAILY STAR SUNDAY: David Moyes will go head-to-head with Jose Mourinho in a £15million tug-of-war for Dutch sensation Marco van Ginkel. Also: Arsene Wenger has targeted Everton’s Marouane Fellaini as the man he needs to bring the Premier League title back to Arsenal...Manchester City new-boy Jesus Navas has backed boss Manuel Pellegrini to bring silverware to the Etihad...England coach Ashley Giles and captain Alistair Cook have hit back after England were caught up in a ball-tampering row...Liverpool are on the brink of signing Sunderland keeper Simon Mignolet, clearing the way for Pepe Reina’s £10m move to Barcelona.
SUN ON SUNDAY: Rio Ferdinand reveals today why he quit England - and how his secret injury nightmare pushed him into a state of depression. Also: Manuel Pellegrini will seek urgent talks with Carlos Tevez over his future.
SUNDAY PEOPLE: Manchester City are embroiled in a sensational spy row. Also: Jose Mourinho has given his strongest hint yet that Fernando Torres will be heading out of Stamford Bridge - by describing the £50million striker’s Chelsea career as “so-so”.
SUNDAY MIRROR: Christian Wade was dramatically pulled out of the England team last night as the Lions sent an SOS to two Red Rose stars. Also: Jack Wilshere is ready to deliver a massive boost to club and country...Ashley Giles has denied ball-tampering claims levelled at his one-day team ahead of today’s must-win Champions Trophy clash with New Zealand.
SUNDAY EXPRESS: Welsh ace Leigh Halfpenny blitzed the individual points record for the Lions in Australia with a 30-point scoring masterclass in this scorching victory over New South Wales Waratahs. Also: Manchester United are attempting to hijack Chelsea’s £15million move for Dutch wonderkid Marco van Ginkel...Ashley Giles, furious over accusations of ball tampering, has angrily hit back, saying: “We don’t do that.”
MAIL ON SUNDAY: Pace star Jimmy Anderson hit out at Bob Willis last night, saying the former England captain’s claim that Alistair Cook’s team have been guilty of ball-tampering during the ICC Champions Trophy was “disappointing and frustrating” and could affect the reputation of English cricket. Also: England star Brad Barritt will fly in from a holiday in Hollywood to answer an emergency call from the injury-hit British and Irish Lions in Australia.
OBSERVER: The England backs Christian Wade and Brad Barritt are flying to Australia to help ease the British and Irish Lions’ mounting injury crisis. Also: The futility associated with attempts at selecting major winners before a ball is struck in anger may well extend to predictions over which courses supposedly suit certain players. That much, at least, could be inferred from a US Open that has eaten up a batch of competitors for whom Merion’s East Course was supposedly tailor made.
INDEPENDENT ON SUNDAY: England have robustly denied accusations of ball-tampering to achieve reverse swing. Also: Only a couple of Englishmen are expected to feature in the Lions team for next week’s First Test against Australia, but there will be no shortage watching from the sidelines.
SUNDAY TELEGRAPH: The British and Irish Lions’ injury crisis escalated yesterday when centre Jamie Roberts injured his hamstring in a 47-17 win against New South Wales Waratahs. Also: Jose Mourinho has insisted that he was never interested in becoming manager of Manchester United and claimed he knew “many months ago” that Sir Alex Ferguson intended to retire...England’s one-day coach Ashley Giles was yesterday forced to defend his team against the accusation of ball-tampering by the former England captain Bob Willis ahead of England’s must-win Champions Trophy match against New Zealand in Cardiff today.
SUNDAY TIMES: Carnage Down Under. The rich promise of the 2013 Lions in Australia, where they are favourites to win the Test series, is being undermined by injuries to Jamie Roberts and George North that threaten to tear the heart out of a potentially brilliant back division. Also: Tottenham lead the race to sign James McCarthy from Wigan, though the relegated club want £20m for the prized 22-year-old midfielder.