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DAILY MIRROR

Monaco have offered Roberto Mancini a £170m transfer fund in an attempt to lure the 48-year-old Manchester City manager to France next season.

Roy Hodgson fears England could be forced into the lottery of a World Cup play-off after the midweek draw in Montenegro.

Aston Villa boss Paul Lambert is keen on Norwich defender Russell Martin, with Stoke and West Brom also interested.

Yaya Toure has put a decision on his Manchester City future on hold until the end of the season, with Paris Saint-Germain linked with a move for him.

Fulham could raid London rivals Crystal Palace for in-form striker Glenn Murray who has plundered 30 goals in the Championship this season.

THE SUN

Chelsea are planning to hijack West Ham's move for Vitesse Arnhem striker Wilfried Bony who has scored 26 goals in 24 Eredivisie games this season.

Southampton are lining up a new bid for 26-year-old AC Milan defender Davide Astori, with Napoli also keen.

Manchester City coach Angelo Gregucci admits he does not know if Roberto Mancini will still be in charge at the Etihad next season.

Roy Hodgson admits he may have bodged our chances of automatic World Cup qualification.

DAILY STAR

Wayne Rooney has admitted that World Cup minnows Montenegro gave England a lesson.

Tottenham are plotting a move to pip Liverpool in the race to sign £8m-rated Thomas Ince.

DAILY MAIL

Arsenal and Liverpool are set to battle it out for the signature of Swansea City defender Ashley Williams, 28, in the summer.

Arsenal's summer transfer plans include selling 25-year-old striker Gervinho to Turkish side Galatasaray for £12m and buying Liverpool's 30-year-old goalkeeper Jose Reina.

Tottenham are one of the clubs chasing Aston Villa striker Christian Benteke, with Inter Milan and Manchester City also keen on signing the 22-year-old.

England boss Roy Hodgson defended his players, claiming they failed to beat Montenegro because they are "not robots".

DAILY EXPRESS

Roy Hodgson has raised for the first time the possibility that England could be condemned to the lottery of the play-offs as they seek to salvage their World Cup hopes.

Manchester United are determined to make the Sunderland fans pay for their taunts on the final day of last season.

West Ham and Fulham will battle it out for the signature of Vitesse Arnhem frontman Wilfried Bony.

DAILY TELEGRAPH

The Football Association stands to miss out on as much as £26 million in income if England fail to qualify for next year's World Cup and could also be left in a seriously weakened position when it comes to negotiating new sponsorship deals at the end of the 2013-14 season, industry experts have warned.

FIFA will study the reports of referee Jonas Eriksson and their match delegate before deciding whether to take disciplinary action against Montenegro for the behaviour of their fans in the 1-1 draw with England on Tuesday night.

THE TIMES

Joe Hart accused his England team-mates of complacency as the realisation grew among the players that they face a battle to qualify for next year's World Cup in Brazil.

FIFA will decide on Thursday whether to open disciplinary proceedings against Montenegro after England's players were repeatedly pelted with missiles during the World Cup qualifier.

THE GUARDIAN

Birmingham City, in financial difficulties due to the imminent trial of their chairman Carson Yeung for alleged money-laundering, face further serious questions about the club's governance and transparency, based on internal information seen by the Guardian.

Roy Hodgson has accepted for the first time that England may have to qualify for next year's World Cup in Brazil through the play-offs as the national manager contemplates a daunting game of catch-up in Group H.

THE INDEPENDENT

There are growing concerns surrounding the viability of England's prestigious friendly against Brazil going ahead in Rio de Janeiro this summer after the city's Olympic Stadium was closed indefinitely amid fears the roof could collapse.

Roy Hodgson has conceded that England might have to qualify for the World Cup finals next summer via the play-offs in November after the 1-1 draw with Montenegro on Tuesday night left them unbeaten but two points adrift of the Group H leaders.

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terling needs to be told though that upon entering the Arsenal squad he will re-enact the final scene from Highlander where he will be thrown around a warehouse by cartoon dragons and then be a mere mortal that will only ever spend three to four weeks a season playing football and the rest on the physio's bed. There can be only one.....player available at The Emirates.

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he game changed in our favour when Carrick came on. We were able to play further up the pitch due to having a player who can give and go with the ball and keep possession. Yet barkley made some runs and Townsend scored a good goal but carrick's inclusion and chiellini's withdrawal made the biggest difference to the flow of the game

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o, you've not silenced anyone Andros, i'm afraid. We know you can score a great goal, and it's really handy to have your direct running and willingness to shoot on the bench. But until you can do the other things expected of a winger (beat the man, put a decent cross in, stay wide etc) then you can't expect more than a regular cameo. Wonderful goal though, what a hit! No wonder Buffon wanted the shirt.

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