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DAILY STAR SUNDAY:It will be a case of life’s a beach for England next summer - when they prepare for Euro 2012 in Marbella. Also: Phil Jones celebrated scoring his first professional goal at Aston Villa to keep Man United five points behind Man City. SUNDAY TIMES: England are going to grab some sunshine to stop themselves freezing on the big stage. Also: Chelsea have accepted transfer requests from Nicolas Anelka and Alex, who are no longer training with the first team.
SUNDAY EXPRESS: Martin O’Neill answered the prayers of Sunderland fans yesterday - but their new manager will need to turn miracle-worker to revive the fortunes of the Wearside club. Also: Tottenham boss Harry Redknapp heaped praise on Gareth Bale last night after the Welsh wizard scored the first goal to set his side up for a remarkable sixth successive Premier League victory.
SUNDAY MIRROR:Frank Lampard may be used as a shock makeweight in a deal to lure Spurs star Luka Modric to Chelsea. Also: Martin O’Neill’s revolution at Sunderland could cost owner Ellis Short in the region of #30 million.
THE PEOPLE:Fabio Capello will take his England stars on a sunshine break to the millionaires’ playground of Marbella before Euro 2012. Also: Andre Villas-Boas has accepted transfer requests from Nicolas Anelka and Alex - and admits he has forced the unsettled duo to train away from the rest of Chelsea’s first team.
THE OBSERVER:The RFU are confident of appointing an interim England coach by Christmas and say they would be happy to reappoint him on a permanent basis, should next year’s Six Nations go well enough. Also: One goal was again enough to secure three points for Manchester United and keep them within touching distance of their neighbours at the top of the table.
THE INDEPENDENT:France’s coach, Laurent Blanc, has begun the psychological tussle with England ahead of their critical Euro 2012 opener, claiming Fabio Capello wanted to avoid his side at all costs. Also: Yakubu`s four-goal rush lifted Blackburn off the bottom of the table.
MAIL ON SUNDAY:Controversial FIFA chief Sepp Blatter has accused English football of holding a grudge against him because of their failed 2018 World Cup bid. Also: Nick Easter launched a staunch defence of his behaviour at the World Cup after being named by England team-mates as the player who greeted the team’s exit following their quarter-final defeat by France in Auckland by saying: ‘That’s #35,000 down the toilet.’
SUNDAY TELEGRAPH:Manchester City powered on at the top of the Premier League with a crushing defeat of Norwich at the Etihad Stadium. Also: Shane Williams’s fairy-tale stoppage-time try in his final international failed to produce a Wales victory in Cardiff.