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Paper Review: Hodgson Defends Patriotism, Townsend New Deal, Luis Suarez

Ian RodgersWorld Football Staff WriterOctober 16, 2016

Paper Review: Hodgson Defends Patriotism, Townsend New Deal, Luis Suarez

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    England manager Roy Hodgson has defended his players from a claim that they are unpatriotic and do not care about the international shirt ahead of the crucial World Cup qualifier against Poland on Tuesday.

    The Sunday newspapers also report the thoughts of Poland striker Robert Lewandowski, who will line up against England at Wembley this week.

    Andros Townsend, who was the star of the show on his full England debut against Montenegro on Friday, is reportedly set to be offered a bumper new deal at Tottenham Hotspur.

    Liverpool supporters should make the most of Luis Suarez as the striker may soon be on his way out of Anfield, reports in the Sunday newspapers.

    But who else is making the headlines on Sunday? Read on to find out more.

Roy Hodgson Defends Squad as Robert Lewandowski Sounds Warning to England

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    Hodgson has hit back at Montenegro legend Dejan Savicevic for claiming that England players are not interested in the international shirt, reports Jason Burt of the Sunday Telegraph.

    Former AC Milan and Red Star Belgrade star Savicevic made his remarks after England drew in Montenegro in the World Cup qualifiers, but Hodgson waited until after the return match at Wembley before returning fire.

    I was irritated, I don't mind saying this now, in Montenegro, with Dejan Savicevic, who suggested to me that England players just play for themselves, they don't care about the shirt, whereas "we Montenegrins throw ourselves into everything."

    I had to swallow that. But he might be changing that opinion after watching us swarm all over his players.

    Meanwhile, Poland and Borussia Dortmund striker Lewandowski insists his international teammates should not be under-estimated at Wembley despite having already been knocked out of the qualification process, reports Steve Millar of the Daily Star Sunday.

    Andy Dunn of the Sunday Mirror salutes the selfless nature of England striker Wayne Rooney, but Keith Ford and Glenn Moore of the Independent on Sunday warn that the Manchester United star and his teammates will be facing a large contingent of Polish fans at Wembley on Tuesday after the Football Association boosted the allocation of tickets for visiting supporters.

Andros Townsend Set for New Spurs Deal as Andre Villas-Boas Eyes Hernandez

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    England midfielder Townsend was named man of the match for his display and crucial goal in the 4-1 win over Montenegro on Friday. Now he is poised for a new bumper deal at Tottenham, report Steve Stammers and Matt Law of the Sunday Mirror.

    According to the report, Townsend is currently on less than £10,000 per week, but his new contract will see his annual earnings rise to almost £2 million.

    Meanwhile Tottenham manager Andre Villas-Boas is considering a transfer move for Manchester United striker Javier Hernandez, according to Matt Law of the Sunday Mirror.

    Villas-Boas is looking to bolster his striking options in January, but recognises he will be facing an uphill struggle in persuading United to part with the Mexico international during the Premier League season, says Law.

Luis Suarez Poised to Quit Liverpool for Champions League Football in January

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    Liverpool are preparing for another battle to keep hold of Suarez when the transfer window reopens in January, reports Paul Smith of the Sunday Mirror.

    The Uruguay international voiced his desire to leave Anfield during the summer, and was the subject of a bizarre £40 million and one pound bid from Arsenal.

    Suarez eventually agreed to stay with the Reds, but the 27-year-old is expected to test Liverpool's resolve to keep him in January, and is looking for a Champions League club, claims Smith.

    The forward returned to action from a 10-match suspension last month and has since scored three goals in just two Premier League appearances for the club.

    Meanwhile, Liverpool and Arsenal have been joined by Juventus and Fiorentina in the chase for Verona midfielder Jorginho, reports Ben Jefferson of the Sunday Express.

Manchester Utd Consider Ashley Young Loan While Wilfried Zaha Is Bolton Target

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    Manchester United are considering loaning out Ashley Young to rejuvenate his form and help his World Cup chances, reports Dave Kidd of the Sunday People.

    The former Aston Villa winger has not featured for the Old Trafford club since the 4-1 defeat at Manchester City on Sept. 22, and the club are concerned at his dip in form, claims the report.

    The emergence of Adnan Januzaj will also hinder Young's hopes of a return to the United first team, and manager David Moyes believes a mid-season loan could help the England international, says Kidd.

    On the subject of Januzaj, Paul Hetherington of the Daily Star Sunday reports that Manchester City, Juventus and Barcelona are monitoring the contract situation of the teenager at Old Trafford.

    Meanwhile, Bolton manager Dougie Freedman is looking to take Wilfried Zaha on loan from United in January, reports Alan Nixon of the Sunday People.

    West Ham United have to pay United £25,000 every time Ravel Morrison plays for the Upton Park club as part of the complicated deal which took the player to East London, reports Jason Burt of the Sunday Telegraph.

    United are considering a January move for FC Porto midfielder Fernando, reports Ben Jefferson of the Sunday Express.

Bits and Pieces: Mourinho Plots Pogba, Martinez Moves, Man City, FA Cup Violence

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    Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho has targeted Paul Pogba and Jackson Martinez when the transfer window reopens in January, reports Dave Kidd of the Sunday People.

    According to the report, former Manchester United midfielder Pogba is keen on a return to the Premier League and the Blues will make a £25 million offer to Juventus for the playmaker.

    FC Porto striker Martinez is also in Mourinho's sights and Chelsea are preparing a £20 million bid for the Colombia international, says Kidd.

    Manchester City have seen off the challenge of Liverpool and Chelsea to sign Feyenoord midfielder Rodney Kongolo, reports Alan Nixon of the Sunday People.

    Stoke City striker Marko Arnautovic has threatened to quit the game following a clash with Norwich striker Johan Elmander during the World Cup qualifier between Austria and Sweden on Friday, reports The Sun (subscription required).

    The spectre of football violence reared its ugly head again in the unlikely surroundings of Atherstone in Warwickshire, reports The Observer.

    With the home team trailing 4-0 to Barrow at half-time in their FA Cup third qualifying round tie, a number of home fans invaded the pitch and became embroiled in an altercation with visiting supporters and a Barrow substitute.

    Aston Villa goalkeeper Shay Given wants to leave the club in January after falling behind Brad Guzan in the pecking order, reports Graham Hill of The Sun (subscription required).

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