WE TAKE a look around the papers for the latest from Tottenham Hotspur, Liverpool, Manchester City, Real Madrid, Queens Park Rangers and Chelsea.
TALKSPORT RADIO: Premier League clubs Tottenham and Liverpool will face a fight with Serie A side Inter Milan for the signature of highly rated Sao Paulo midfielder Lucas.
THE GUARDIAN: Fabio Capello has suggested the stuttering nature of England’s unconvincing victory over Wales was evidence of mental fragility in his squad and will step up his attempts to reinvent the national team by integrating younger players once qualification for Euro 2012 has been achieved. Also: England have been forced to alter their plans and ask Delon Armitage to start on the wing against Argentina this weekend in place of Mark Cueto.
DAILY EXPRESS: Fabio Capello will forge ahead with creating a new-look England in time for Euro 2012 after deciding too many of his stars are mentally scarred by past failure. Also: Martin Johnson surveyed the damage to Christchurch’s AMI Stadium pitch yesterday in a visit to the earthquake-hit city where England were due to be based for the World Cup.
THE INDEPENDENT: Fabio Capello has admitted that he had a moment of clarity before Tuesday night’s insipid 1-0 win over Wales at Wembley, when he realised that his England players’ approach to the warm-up ahead was so bad that he feared for their performance in the Euro 2012 qualifier. Also: The Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini has admitted that he took a risk by signing Owen Hargreaves after the need to bring the club in line with Uefa’s Financial Fair Play regime prevented them bringing in the Argentine Fernando Gago from Real Madrid.
THE SUN: Fabio Capello plans a dramatic England shake-up to avoid a flop at next summer’s Euro 2012 finals. Also: Samir Nasri gave Manchester City a major scare as he went down in agony with a hand injury playing for France. Former Newcastle boss Chris Hughton is lining up a loan swoop on his former club for striker Nile Ranger. The 20-year-old played under Hughton at St James’ Park and could head to Birmingham when the loan window reopens.
THE TIMES: Fabio Capello has concluded that England’s squad needs a radical shake-up if the nation is to have any hope at the Euro 2012 finals of overcoming the burden of past failures. Also: The best thing that can happen to the sport as the US Open hobbles from one indignity to the next is that the players seize the opportunity to unite against the complacent leadership that has dogged tennis for far too long.
DAILY STAR: Fabio Capello is worried that England’s players do not have the mental strength to win Euro 2012. Also: Frank Lampard’s Chelsea place is under threat following the arrival of £12million Raul Meireles.
DAILY MIRROR: Fabio Capello claims England’s players got it mentally wrong against Wales on Tuesday. Also: Fernando Torres has been warned his Chelsea goal drought is a big threat to his international career.
DAILY MAIL: QPR owner Tony Fernandes is continuing his bid to tempt former England captain David Beckham to Loftus Road. Fernandes revealed on his Twitter page that he has always wanted to sign a player of Beckham’s calibre.
Fabio Capello is planning to rebuild his England team with younger players who do not carry the baggage of failure at past tournaments. Also: Oscar Pistorius was in the capital after his World Championship silver medal to promote the Paralympics.
THE DAILY TELEGRAPH: Fabio Capello will carry out a radical overhaul of the England squad once qualification for Euro 2012 is secured after deciding that too many senior players have failed to recover from the disappointment of last year’s World Cup. Also: Police are continuing to question six people over the death of a Wales football fan at Tuesday’s European Championship qualifier at Wembley.