A round up of sporting headlines including news from Manchester United, Arsenal, Liverpool, Everton, West brom, Newcastle and England.
THE SUN: Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger must wait until after the World Cup to sign Germany and Schalke midfielder Julian Draxler, 20. Also: Joe Hart is set to be back on the bench for Manchester City’s Etihad crunch with Spurs on Sunday.
DAILY TELEGRAPH: It scarcely seems credible that a player in England’s Ashes party could lose his way before the first Test has been completed, but Steven Finn is in danger of becoming surplus to requirements on this tour unless he can sort out his bowling problems. Also: The International Cricket Council has admitted that the umpires will be unfamiliar with the new decision review system being used this Ashes series, sparking fears that there may be more of the controversy which dogged the last series in England.
THE TIMES: England laid claim to an early victory even before the Ashes series began in Brisbane last night with confirmation that Sam Robson, the talented Middlesex batsman who was born in Sydney, has pledged his long-term future to them rather than Australia. Also: Ashley Cole may miss Chelsea’s match against West Ham in the Barclays Premier League on Saturday after aggravating a long-standing rib injury in England’s 1-0 defeat by Germany.
DAILY EXPRESS: England midfielder Jack Wilshere fears he could miss out on a place in Roy Hodgson’s World Cup squad next summer. Also: Julian Draxler has been sounding out German international colleagues about Arsenal as speculation increases he could join Mesut Ozil, Per Mertesacker and Lukas Podolski at the Emirates in the summer.
DAILY STAR: Steven Gerrard last night warned: Don’t expect us to win the World Cup. Also: Roy Hodgson has finished John Terry’s England career once and for all.
THE GUARDIAN: Steven Gerrard has offered a frank assessment of England’s World Cup chances, saying that the national team will not travel to Brazil as anything more than outsiders. Also: FIFA has said “fair working conditions with a lasting effect must be introduced quickly in Qatar” after Sepp Blatter admitted that widespread abuse of migrant workers was “unacceptable” following a meeting with international union leaders in Zurich.
DAILY MAIL: Jack Wilshere is involved in another club versus country row after suffering an ankle injury against Germany. Also: Italian champions Juventus are determined to keep France midfielder Paul Pogba, 20, for at least another 18 months, despite interest from his former club Manchester United plus Manchester City and Arsenal.
THE INDEPENDENT: Expectations are already in retreat after England’s back-to-back Wembley defeats this week, but captain Steven Gerrard does not think that is a bad thing. Also: Wojciech Szczesny is confident that Arsenal can maintain their table-topping form and push for the Premier League title.
DAILY MIRROR: West Brom risk losing manager Steve Clarke for nothing in the summer after failing to open contract talks with him. Also: Chelsea and Manchester United are locked in a transfer battle for an Argentinian wonderkid aged just eight.
METRO: Newcastle could add a ninth signing from France’s Ligue 1 to their squad as Magpies boss Alan Pardew is interested in Bordeaux forward Cheick Diabate, 25.
TALKSPORT: Manchester United winger Nani, 27, has re-emerged as a target for Juventus as the Serie A champions look to defend their domestic crown for a third successive season. Also: Nigeria international Eddy Onazi, 20, has handed Everton a blow by revealing he would “jump at the chance” to play for their Merseyside rivals Liverpool.
MEN: Manchester United midfielder Anderson, 25, insists he wants to fight for his Old Trafford place, despite being linked with a January loan move to Fulham.