READ all about it and find out what other sports stories are making the headlines in today’s national UK newsapapers - Saturday, September 8, 2012.
THE SUN: England made a carnival start to their World Cup campaign last night as they set off on the long road to Brazil. Also: Josie Pearson won Britain’s 32nd Paralympic gold as she smashed the discus world record three times.
DAILY MAIL: Frank Lampard launched England’s World Cup qualifying campaign with the first two goals in an emphatic victory here in Moldova. Also: Kevin Pietersen was last night left off England’s new list of centrally contracted players after refusing to back down over his belief that team-mates were involved in a Twitter account that parodied him.
DAILY MIRROR: Frank Lampard became England’s penalty king after Roy Hodgson’s golden oldies got their World Cup campaign off to a flying start. Also: Brendan Rodgers has told his Liverpool players to “man up” to get their squad through to the January transfer window.
DAILY EXPRESS: Frank Lampard tore the heart out of Moldova last night with two goals in England’s 5-0 World Cup demolition job. Also: Hand cyclists Rachel Morris and Karen Darke crossed the line holding hands at Brands Hatch yesterday as they attempted to share a bronze medal in an extraordinary moment at the Paralympic Games.
DAILY STAR: England began their bid to qualify for the 2014 World Cup by mauling Moldova. Also: Wayne Rooney has insisted: I’m Manchester United for life.
THE DAILY TELEGRAPH: England are up and running, taking a confident stride down the road to Rio with this emphatic victory over Moldova, a very modest chip off the old Eastern Bloc. Also: Wayne Rooney has told Sir Alex Ferguson that he wants to finish his career at Manchester United, two years after handing in a transfer request.
THE TIMES: Frank Lampard inspired Roy Hodgson’s so-called “Dad’s Army” to a 5-0 win over Moldova last night as England began their World Cup qualifying campaign with their biggest win in any fixture for 19 years. Also: Fabio Capello’s previous World Cup journey ended in such dismay in Bloemfontein that he would happily have settled for this routine start to his next foray into the competition.
THE GUARDIAN: All talk of miracles can wait. England needed only a saunter to ease into their qualification campaign geared towards reaching the World Cup in two years’ time, Roy Hodgson’s team barely breaking into a sweat against hapless opponents here to set a tone they must now maintain. Also: On a night when the odds were always going to be stacked strongly in Belgium’s favour, a moment of madness from James Collins left Wales with an impossible task as their World Cup qualifying campaign began with a brave defeat.
THE INDEPENDENT: When Andorra played England they tried their best to kick their opponents. Kazakhstan had the occasional good moment, including a goal at Wembley. But of all the small fry that the national team have been obliged to step over in qualification for tournaments in recent years, poor old Moldova looked the weakest of the lot. Also: Two late goals saved the Republic of Ireland from a humiliating result in Kazakhstan in their first World Cup qualifier yesterday.