Paper Review: Jack Wilshere out for England, Paul Pogba for Arsenal or Chelsea?

Ian Rodgers@irodgers66World Football Staff WriterOctober 11, 2013

Paper Review: Jack Wilshere out for England, Paul Pogba for Arsenal or Chelsea?

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    The attention of Friday's newspapers, unsurprisingly, centres on England's crucial 2014 World Cup qualifier against Montenegro at Wembley.

    Roy Hodgson and his team will qualify for the finals in Brazil next year with victories over the Montenegrins and Poland on Tuesday.

    Despite the media spotlight sitting on him throughout the week, Arsenal midfielder Jack Wilshere is unlikely to start against Montenegro on Friday night, according to reports.

    Juventus have admitted they would be powerless to stop midfielder Paul Pogba leaving if a major offer came in for the player, and Arsenal and Chelsea have been linked with the former Manchester United man, says one newspaper.

    Who else is making the headlines on Friday? Read on to find out more.  

Jack Wilshere to Miss out as Roy Hodgson Adopts Attacking Approach to Qualifier

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    It has been quite a week for Jack Wilshere after his comments on English-only players for the national team, which sparked an online argument with cricketer Kevin Pietersen and debate across the media.

    However, the Arsenal star looks unlikely to start for England when they line up against Montenegro at Wembley on Friday night, according to reports.

    Charlie Wyett of The Sun (subscription required) claims Wilshere has been struggling with a heavy cold this week, and will start on the bench for England, with Wayne Rooney partnering Daniel Sturridge up front.

    Meanwhile, Queens Park Rangers midfielder Joey Barton has dismissed England, as Ben Rumsby of the Daily Telegraph reports.

    Barton also claimed former Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson could not coach "to save his life" and pilloried Football Association chairman Greg Dyke's commission into the state of the English game. 

Arsenal and Chelsea Linked to Paul Pogba as Juventus 'Powerless' to Major Offer

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    Juventus president Andrea Agnelli has admitted the club would be unable to prevent playmaker Paul Pogba from leaving if a major offer came his way, reports Gary Jones of the Daily Star.

    Pogba helped Juve clinch the Serie A title last season and was the subject of interest from Arsenal, Chelsea and AC Milan during the summer transfer window, as Agnelli confirmed.

    Now Jones claims the Turin club's president has opened the door for the Premier League clubs to make their move for the 20-year-old.

    If I was to judge it from a footballers' point of view, Italy is no longer the final destination but a transit destination.

    I am trying to think what will be of us in two or three years' time if we get a massive offer for one of the best talents we have today.

    Would we be able to retain him? I don't know. I don't think at the moment we have the strength to retain such a player.

    Meanwhile, Arsenal have also been linked with a January move for Juventus striker Fernando Llorente, according to John Cross of the Daily Mirror.

    The Spain international has been unable to make an impact on the Juve first team so far this season, and Cross believes a loan move to the Gunners could boost his chances of a place in the squad for the 2014 World Cup. 

Manchester United Goalkeeper David De Gea Set for New Deal at Old Trafford

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    Manchester United are set to offer goalkeeper David de Gea a new £75,000-a-week contract at the club, reports Geoff Sweet of The Sun (subscription required).

    The Spaniard, whose current deal ends in 2016, has been in excellent form for David Moyes' team so far this season.

    Sweet also claims United defender Fabio will seek a new club at the end of the season to ensure first-team football.

    United winger Antonio Valencia is a January target for Galatasaray, who are hoping to see off the challenge of Everton with a £12.5 million bid for the former Wigan Athletic player, reports Ben Jefferson of the Daily Express.

    Borussia Dortmund coach Jurgen Klopp still wants to take Shinji Kagawa back to the Bundesliga club from United, but will not consider a swap deal for Neven Subotic or Mats Hummels, reports John Edwards of the Daily Mail

Wales Manager Chris Coleman Under Threat as Craig Bellamy Tipped for Role

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    Retiring Wales striker Craig Bellamy has emerged as a potential successor to Chris Coleman as national manager, reports The Guardian.

    Coleman has become "increasingly alienated" from his employers at the Football Association of Wales, according to the report, and the World Cup qualifiers against Macedonia and Belgium could be his final matches in charge.

    Cardiff City striker Bellamy will play his last game for Wales on home soil on Friday before retiring from the international arena at the end of the World Cup qualifying campaign. He is now being touted as a possible replacement for Coleman, who succeeded the late Gary Speed in January 2012.

    Neil Moxley of the Daily Mail also reports that the roles of Coleman's backroom staff, Kit Symons, Osian Roberts and John Hartson, have also been questioned by the FAW. 

Bits and Pieces: Cardiff Fans Support Malky Mackay, Micah Richards, Man City

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    Cardiff City fans will burn replica shirts in support of manager Malky Mackay during Wales' World Cup qualifier against Macedonia at the Premier League club's home ground on Friday night, reports The Sun (subscription required).

    Bluebirds supporters have been angered by the actions of club owner Vincent Tan, who has suspended head of recruitment Iain Moody and brought in a 23-year-old instead, according to the article.

    Riath Al-Samarrai of the Daily Mail reports that Mackay was also asked to leave the Welsh club as Moody was replaced by a friend of Tan's son.

    Newcastle United are considering a loan move for Manchester City defender Micah Richards in January, reports Phil Thomas of The Sun (subscription required).

    Manchester City's tie at CSKA Moscow in the Champions League at the Khimki Arena will go ahead as planned on Oct. 23 despite worries over the state of the Russian club's pitch, says Mark Ogden of the Daily Telegraph.

    CSKA were ordered by UEFA to play last week's game against Viktoria Plzen in St. Petersburg after heavy rain left the pitch unplayable, claims Ogden.

    Fulham midfielder Pajtim Kasami will be a January transfer target for Juventus, reports Ben Jefferson of the Daily Express.

    Galatasaray chairman Unal Aysal will welcome a Chelsea bid for Turkey striker Burak Yilmaz in January, reports Neil McLeman of the Daily Mirror