A round up of sporting headlines including news from Liverpool, Wigan, Chelsea, Manchester United and Newcastle.
DAILY MAIL: Roy Hodgson has given England Under-21 chief Gareth Southgate the pick of his senior squad for next summer’s Euro 2015 tournament in the Czech Republic. Also: Liverpool have been dealt a huge blow as striker Daniel Sturridge could be sidelined for twelve matches after the club confirm he has a new thigh injury.
THE GUARDIAN: Wigan Athletic’s appointment of Malky Mackay as their manager predictably led to a row on day one with the Kick It Out anti-racism group, which accused the Championship club of jumping the gun on a Football Association investigation.
THE INDEPENDENT: Malky Mackay insisted as he was presented as Wigan Athletic manager today that he is a “better” and more rounded individual, who has learned a lasting lesson from the storm caused by his racist and sexist text messages. Also: Former Premier League footballer Delroy Facey pleads not guilty as part of match-fixing investigation.
DAILY TELEGRAPH: Having been moved into holding role for England, Jack Wilshere has asked Arsene Wenger if he can play as a defensive midfielder for Arsenal, but Frenchman is refusing requests.
DAILY STAR: Chelsea fans expect a big response to Jose Mourinho’s jibe about the atmosphere at Stamford Bridge on Saturday. Also: Louis Van Gaal will do a headcount at Old Trafford this morning as he attempts to piece together a team from his injury-ravaged squad for Saturday’s trip to Arsenal.
DAILY EXPRESS: Jonas Gutierrez will return to Newcastle next month amid a social media dispute, after quotes emerged of him allegedly criticising Magpies manager Alan Pardew. Also: Manchester United are planning to sell midfielder Angel Di Maria, 26, to Paris St-Germain in the summer to create funds for a sensational move for either Real Madrid’s Gareth Bale, 25, or Cristiano Ronaldo, 29.
SUN: Lionel Messi’s father and agent Jorge said a move to the Premier League would be considered if a bid of £200m was made.
DAILY MIRROR: Liverpool want to recall their Belgian 19-year-old striker Divock Origi from Lille but are likely to have to pay an additional £5m to release him from his one-year loan. Also: Jose Mourinho has ordered his scouts to look at Ipswich defender Tyrone Mings, 21, as a potential long-term replacement for John Terry at Chelsea.