Paper Review: Jack Wilshere Faces Backlash, Wayne Rooney Reveals Unhappiness

Ian Rodgers@irodgers66Chief Writer IVOctober 11, 2016

Paper Review: Jack Wilshere Faces Backlash, Wayne Rooney Reveals Unhappiness

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    Two England internationals dominate the agenda in the sports pages on Thursday ahead of the crucial World Cup qualifiers against Montenegro and Poland.

    Arsenal midfielder Jack Wilshere became embroiled in an argument with another leading sportsman after the Gunners star voiced his desire to see only English players play for England.

    Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney was involved in one of the long-running transfer sagas of the summer, with Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho making a bid for the unsettled star, and the former Everton forward has now gone public on the reason why he was so unhappy at Old Trafford this summer.

    Who else is making the headlines in Thursday's newspapers? Read on to find out more. 

England Cricketer Kevin Pietersen Hits Back at Jack Wilshere English-Only Remark

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    England cricketer Kevin Pietersen has hit back at Jack Wilshere after the Arsenal star claimed only English players should play for the national team, report Ben Rumsby and Oliver Brown of the Daily Telegraph.

    Pietersen, who was born in South Africa, has an English mother and qualified for inclusion in the national team after spending a four-year qualification period in county cricket.

    Pietersen has since gone on to become one of England's greatest batsmen and used his Twitter feed, @KP24, to question Wilshere over his comments.

    Pietersen used the examples of golfer Justin Rose, athlete Mo Farah and cyclist Chris Froome, none of whom were born in Great Britain, to underline his argument.

    According to the report, though, Wilshere has also received support from Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger and former England striker Alan Shearer

Wayne Rooney Reveals Midfield Role as Reason for Unhappiness at United

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    Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney claims former manager Sir Alex Ferguson's decision to play him in midfield last season was the defining reason behind his unhappiness at the club during the summer, reports Martin Lipton of the Daily Mirror among others.

    The England international was the subject of interest from Chelsea after he demanded an apology from the club after Ferguson claimed he had made a transfer request, as Steve Bates of the Sunday People reported in June.

    However, since settling those differences and being played in a more orthodox striking role under David Moyes this season, Rooney has rediscovered his form.

    I know that last year wasn’t my best season.

    But there were times when I was playing in different positions. I felt I didn’t really get that run of consistent games up front.

    Sometimes when you’re not playing that position all the time, it’s difficult  to adapt. Sometimes it happens.

    I didn’t feel I got a consistent run of games up front. I actually felt when I played midfield I did okay, but I didn’t want to play there.

    I’ve had no problem in the past playing out of position, but I felt I deserved the right to play in my position and that wasn’t happening.

    Meanwhile, United midfielder Adnan Januzaj will not decide on which country he will represent until he becomes a first-team regular at Old Trafford, reports Jamie Jackson of The Guardian.

    United defender Nemanja Vidic has been linked with a move to Juventus in January, according to Geoff Sweet of The Sun (subscription required). 

Liverpool Defender Martin Skrtel Linked with Move to Zenit St. Petersburg

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    Liverpool defender Martin Skrtel is the subject of interest from Zenit St. Petersburg, reports Declan Taylor of the Daily Mirror.

    Skrtel joined the Reds from the Russian club in January 2008, but Zenit have put aside £16 million to bring the 28-year-old back when the transfer window reopens in January, according to the article.

    Zenit were interested in buying Skrtel during the summer after the player appeared to slip down the Anfield pecking order, but the central defender has forced his way back into the first team this season.

    Meanwhile, Liverpool and Arsenal are set to miss out on Galatasaray striker Burak Yilmaz in January as Chelsea prepare to offer Demba Ba in exchange for the player, reports Ben Jefferson of the Daily Express.

    Liverpool have entered the race with Arsenal to sign striker Michu from Swansea City, claims Gary Jones of the Daily Star

Cardiff City Manager Malky Mackay Position 'Undermined' After Shock Appointment

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    Trouble is brewing at Premier League newcomers Cardiff City after club owner Vincent Tan appointed one of his son's friends as head of recruitment, reports Phil Cadden of the Daily Mirror.

    Alisher Apsalyamov, 23, will replace Cardiff manager Malky Mackay's trusted aide, Iain Moody, who has been put on gardening leave by the club, claims the report.

    According to Cadden, Apsalyamov's previous job at the Cardiff City Stadium was painting the ground three months ago.

    Mackay will not quit the Welsh club, claims Charlie Wyett of The Sun (subscription required), but Cardiff insist Tan did not ask the former Celtic defender to leave during a meeting on Tuesday.

    Riath Al-Samarrai of the Daily Mail reports that Tan believes Cardiff should be in the top four of the Premier League after spending big during the summer, while Mackay is furious at being undermined by the owner. 

Bits and Pieces: Ramires, Georgios Samaras, Brad Guzan, Michael Laudrup

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    Chelsea midfielder Ramires is the subject of transfer interest from Real Madrid, reports Jack Wilson of the Daily Star.

    Real manager Carlo Ancelotti brought Ramires to Stamford Bridge in 2010, and now sees him as a possible replacement for Mesut Ozil, claims the article.

    Meanwhile, Ozil claims it is too early to say whether Arsenal can be considered genuine title prospects, according to The Sun (subscription required).

    Barcelona are considering a surprise move for Celtic striker Georgios Samaras, according to Ewing Grahame of the Daily Express.

    Arsenal are monitoring Aston Villa and United States goalkeeper Brad Guzan, claims Ben Jefferson of the Daily Express.

    Chelsea enquired about the availability of Swansea manager Michael Laudrup before turning to Mourinho, reports Gareth Morgan of The Sun (subscription required).