Paper Review: Jack Wilshere, Javier Hernandez, Bacary Sagna
The Arsenal star insists the Football Association should select only English-born talent for international duty, rather than chasing players such as Manchester United midfielder Adnan Januzaj, who was born outside of the country.
Who else is making the headlines on Wednesday? Read on to find out more.
Jack Wilshere Says Only English-Born Players Should Play for England
Arsenal midfielder Jack Wilshere believes only English-born talent should be selected for the national team, reports Shaun Custis of The Sun (subscription required) among others.
The FA has enquired about the availability of Manchester United starlet Januzaj, who was born in Belgium to Albanian and Kosovan parents.
However, Wilshere says that only players born in the country should be considered for international duty for England.
For me, if you are English you are English and you play for England.
The only people who should play for England are English people. If you live in England for five years, it doesn’t make you English. You should not play.
If I went to Spain for five years, I’m not going to play for Spain.
We have to remember what we are. You think of Spain and you think technical ability but think of England and you think bravery and hard tackling. We have great characters and must remember that.
Meanwhile, England defender Phil Jagielka has revealed that the squad have been making light-hearted fun of goalkeeper Joe Hart after his high-profile errors in the Champions League defeat to Bayern Munich last week, as John Cross of the Daily Mirror reports.
You just throw it in, especially losing 10-9 at table tennis and I’m waiting for the next point, you just say, ‘Bayern Munich’ or something. Stuff like that.
Joe’s a great guy and a fantastic goalkeeper. And if he can take it like he has done, all the power to him.
Joe’s someone who loves the banter more than anyone. It’s the same with me. If I’d made a mistake, the first person I’d be looking for is Joe to be straight on it.
Hart's Manchester City teammate Stevan Jovetic is hoping to make life more uncomfortable for the goalkeeper and England when he lines up for Montenegro at Wembley on Friday, reports Martin Blackburn of The Sun.
There is no fear. We’ve drawn with them three times and shown we can compete with them. They have more pressure than us because they are expected to win.
We’ve seen neighbouring countries like Slovenia, Serbia, Croatia reach the finals now we want to get there.
Belgium and United on Collision over Fellaini, While Hernandez Drops Exit Hint
Belgium are poised for a clash with Manchester United as they prepare to play Marouane Fellaini in the World Cup qualifier against Croatia on Friday, reports Jack De Menezes of The Independent.
The former Everton player has a wrist ligament injury and will be out for six weeks once he undergoes surgery on the problem, claims Ian Ladyman of the Daily Mail.
However, Belgium head coach Marc Wilmots insists Fellaini will be available to play on Friday, says De Menezes.
Marouane Fellaini should be able to play for Belgium against Croatia in Zagreb on Friday. Marouane has suffered wrist ligament injury and will have to undergo surgery.
He will join the squad and train on Tuesday with a splint. As far as I am concerned, in principle he is able to play Friday. This does not mean that he will automatically play.
I have not heard from Manchester United asking that the operation should be as quickly as possible.
Meanwhile, United striker Javier Hernandez has hinted that he may have to leave Old Trafford to further his career, reports David McDonnell of the Daily Mirror.
Bacary Sagna Linked with Move Away from Arsenal, Wenger Walks the Red Carpet
Arsenal defender Bacary Sagna has rejected a new one-year deal at the club, despite their impressive start to the season, reports Andrew Dillon of The Sun (subscription required).
Sagna, 30, will see his current deal expire at the end of the season, and Dillon claims that clubs in America and the Middle East are monitoring his situation with the Gunners.
The Frenchman has been an integral component in Arsenal's good start to the season after six years at the club.
Meanwhile, Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has been mixing with the stars of the screen. The 63-year-old was pictured on the red carpet for the British Film Institute's fund-raising gala, reports John Drayton of the Daily Mail.
The Gunners boss was accompanied by wife Annie at the event, where film stars such as Sienna Miller and Ray Winstone were in attendance.
Arsenal icon Dennis Bergkamp has revealed his desire to return to the Gunners in a coaching role, reports David Winner of the Daily Telegraph.
Brendan Rodgers Praised by Tom Werner for Handling of Luis Suarez Speculation
The Uruguay international voiced his desire to leave Anfield at the end of last season and was the subject of bids by Arsenal.
However, Suarez agreed to stay on with the Reds and has recently returned to action after a 10-match suspension to boost their Premier League title hopes.
And Werner says the credit for Suarez staying must go to Rodgers.
I give Brendan Rodgers an enormous amount of credit for making sure Luis knew how needed he was at Liverpool.
Brendan made it plain to him how much he was going to be embraced by the fans, and the supporters have been terrific.
Bits and Pieces: Glenn Hoddle, Cardiff City, Thibaut Courtois, Park Chu-Young
Hoddle, who was sacked as England boss 14 years ago, will be part of the panel set up by FA chairman Greg Dyke to examine English football.
Cardiff City owner Vincent Tan has sacked head of recruitment Ian Moody and replaced him with 23-year-old Alisher Apsalyamov, who is believed to be a friend of his son, according to Riath Al-Samarrai of the Daily Mail.
The move is significant as it undermines manager Malky Mackay, who regularly acknowledged the influence of Moody in transfers to the club, claims the article.
Arsenal are set to allow striker Park Chu-Young to join Wigan Athletic on loan for the rest of the season, claims Jack Wilson of the Daily Star.