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Daily Mirror

  • Wayne Rooney rose to the occasion to book England’s place at the World Cup.
  • David Moyes could send Wilfried Zaha on loan because he does not feel he is ready to play for Manchester United.
  • Championship side Wigan Athletic are struggling to afford to take South Korean striker Park Chu-Young, 28, on loan from Arsenal because of his wages – even with the Gunners paying some of the cost.
The Sun

  • Wayne Rooney sent the country Brazil nuts as he headed England into the World Cup finals.
  • Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger is ready to make a fresh move for Real Madrid striker Karim Benzema in January.
  • Chelsea will fight it out with Inter Milan and Bayer Leverkusen for 22-year-old Barcelona right-back Martin Montoya.
Daily Star

  • Manchester United are ready to activate the £16million release clause of 21-year-old Atletico Madrid midfielder Koke, who is also a target for Spanish champions Barcelona.
  • Liverpool goalkeeper Pepe Reina, 31, denies he is planning to join Barcelona next summer after completing a year-long loan with Napoli.
Daily Mail

  • Gareth Bale looks set to return to La Liga action for Real Madrid against Malaga on Saturday.
Daily Express

  • It is full steam ahead for Brazil after Wayne Rooney – minus his headband – and Steven Gerrard fired England into the 2014 World Cup finals.
  • Scotland rounded off their qualifying campaign with a morale-boosting 2-0 win over Croatia.
  • Manchester United are winning the race to sign Brazilian Bruno Gomes with Real Madrid, Udinese and Sao Paolo all chasing the 17-year-old Desportivo Brazil forward.
The Times

  • England booked their place at next summer’s World Cup finals in Brazil last night with a 2-0 win over Poland amid raucous scenes at Wembley.

  • Steven Gerrard’s brilliant 88th minute goal last night sealed England’s qualification for next summer’s World Cup in Brazil – a result he dedicated to the fans.
  • Scotland completed the double over Croatia last night to demonstrate the progress they have made under Gordon Strachan, as they finally picked up a home win in this World Cup qualifying campaign.
London Evening Standard

  • Ravel Morrison and Wilfried Zaha had a bust-up while playing for England Under-21s last night.
Liverpool Echo

  • Daniel Agger has vowed to force his way back into the Liverpool side.
The Chronicle

  • Newcastle United may have to wait until tomorrow before discovering whether Fabricio Coloccini is fit to face Liverpool.
Newcastle and Sunderland

  • Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa will be recalled to action for Newcastle United this weekend amid claims from former club Montpellier he made a mistake joining the Magpies and will return to France in the near future.
Sunderland Echo

  • Craig Gardner says out-of-favour Phil Bardsley will be welcomed back with open arms by his team-mates – should new head coach Gus Poyet end the right-back’s exile.
Birmingham Mail

  • Shane Long has proven there were no hangovers as a result of his failed move to Hull on transfer deadline day. That’s the verdict of Albion team-mate Jonas Olsson, who claims the striker has readjusted back to life at The Hawthorns.
  • Jonas Olsson has pulled out of the Sweden squad for ‘personal reasons’ but is not a doubt for Albion’s weekend clash with Stoke City.
Express & Star

  • Gareth McAuley today hailed Claudio Yacob as a key to the Baggies’ ‘back to basics’ defensive resurgence.
  • Paul Lambert today backed Villa’s British boys to help his foreign legion become Premier League hits.
  • Wolves outcast Jamie O’Hara has changed agents in a fresh bid to drum up interest in him, it emerged today – after failing to attract a single enquiry 165 days after his Brighton shame.
The Sentinel

  • Stoke City’s hierarchy fear that Marko Arnautovic’s recent red card for Austria proves he is still burdened with a bad boy reputation.
Newham Recorder

  • Ravel Morrison hopes to follow up his man-of-the-match display for England Under-21s with a West Ham win against Manchester City this weekend.
South Wales Evening Post

  • Chico Flores admits it is time for Swansea City to prove their class when they return to Premier League action against Sunderland this weekend.
Wales Online

  • Cardiff City chairman Mehmet Dalman has emerged as the key man in convincing Malky Mackay there is a way forward from the wreckage of the past two weeks.
Hull Daily Mail

  • Robbie Brady could be in line to make a quick-fire return to Hull City’s starting line-up for this weekend’s trip to Everton. Although the 21-year-old only underwent surgery on a hernia 17 days ago, Brady is understood to be ready to make a return to full training tomorrow.
Yorkshire Evening Post

  • Brian McDermott expects Leeds United to resume the Championship season with a bang on Sunday, claiming his players are “hurting” from their acute loss of form.
Lancashire Telegraph

  • Blackburn Rovers boss Gary Bowyer has handed a trial to free agent Robbie Simpson.
  • Sean Dyche thinks Burnley can continue to upset the Championship’s big spenders – after overcoming financial restrictions to guide the Clarets to the top of the table.
The Bolton News

  • Marc Tierney is on course to play again for Wanderers this season after successful surgery on his fractured ankle.
Wigan Evening Post

  • Owen Coyle admits he is still hopeful Wigan Athletic can tie up a deal for Arsenal striker Park Chu-Young.
Blackpool Gazette

  • Paul Ince says Barry Ferguson is as important to Blackpool as Steven Gerrard is to Liverpool.
The Star

  • Neil Warnock last night claimed that anyone offered the chance of becoming Sheffield United’s new manager would be foolish to turn the opportunity down.
Reading Post

  • Reading have agreed a deal to build a new training ground in Wokingham.
Evening Times

  • Sasa Papac is confident Ally McCoist’s Rangers can challenge Celtic for the SPFL Premiership title on their return to Scotland’s top flight.
The Scotsman

  • Rangers chief executive Craig Mather has resigned from his role at Ibrox with immediate effect.


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