A roundup of the stories making the national back pages.
THE SUN: Roberto Mancini last night slammed Samir Nasri. Also: Bradford could refuse to play in Europe next season - even if they win the Capital One Cup.
DAILY MAIL: England put their Grand Slam credentials on the line at Twickenham today - warning France to expect a far more daunting ordeal than they endured a year ago, when Stuart Lancaster’s side won in Paris. Also: Roberto Mancini has accused forward Samir Nasri of slacking off after helping Manchester City win the Premier League title last season.
DAILY MIRROR: Roberto Mancini has claimed that Samir Nasri is giving only “50%” for Manchester City. Also: Arsene Wenger insists he will not quit Arsenal and promised he is still the man to take the club forward.
DAILY EXPRESS: Roberto Mancini will quit Manchester City before he is sacked if they fail to win trophies over the next two years. Also: Arsene Wenger has said he will not quit Arsenal - but admitted he is now working on a “short-term” plan.
DAILY STAR: Under-fire Arsene Wenger insists he is still the man to bring glory back to Arsenal. Also: Bradford could opt out of Europe if the minnows win the Capital One Cup final.
THE DAILY TELEGRAPH: England have vowed to repel the challenge of a wounded France at Twickenham today and take a giant stride towards securing their first Six Nations Grand Slam in a decade. Also: Roberto Mancini has cast further doubt over the Manchester City future of Samir Nasri by claiming that the £24million midfielder has made the “worst mistake” of thinking he does not need to improve following the club’s title success last season.
THE TIMES: Amid the conjecture surrounding how France may perform at Twickenham today, there is a danger that the threat of England and the progress Stuart Lancaster’s players have made, will be overlooked. Also: Bradford City will consider withdrawing from the Europa League next season should they qualify by beating Swansea City in the Capital One Cup final at Wembley tomorrow.
THE GUARDIAN: Roberto Mancini has confirmed his admiration for Luis Suarez and Edinson Cavani as he starts planning a summer of potential rebuilding at Manchester City, making it clear he is running out of patience with the players he suspects “think it’s enough to play 50%” after winning the Premier League title. Also: Rafael Benitez believes Chelsea travel to Manchester City tomorrow a better side than the one that confronted the Premier League champions in the first game of his interim stewardship almost three months ago and hopeful they can still oust their opponents to achieve a top-two finish.
THE INDEPENDENT: The names on the Valley parade memorial stone tell the real story of the disaster which Bradford City will remember at Wembley this weekend.Back in the days when half the French pack looked as though they were about to join the Foreign Legion and the other half looked as though they had just escaped from it, England’s rugby players took the field expecting all hell to break loose at the first scrum. This evening at Twickenham, red-rose apprehension will take a very different form.