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Paper Review: Jack Wilshere Back for England, Gareth Bale, Sir Alex Socceroo

Ian RodgersWorld Football Staff WriterOctober 15, 2013

Paper Review: Jack Wilshere Back for England, Gareth Bale, Sir Alex Socceroo

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    England manager Roy Hodgson will restore Jack Wilshere to his midfield for the crucial World Cup qualifier against Poland, claims one report in Tuesday's newspapers.

    The Arsenal man was left on the bench for Friday's win over Montenegro but will come into the starting lineup for Chelsea midfielder Frank Lampard against the Poles.

    Gareth Bale will struggle in his first season at Real Madrid, according to Wales manager Chris Coleman.

    And former Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson has been backed to take on one final challenge with Australia at the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.

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

Jack Wilshere Set to Return as Steven Gerrard Haunted by Past England Failure

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    England manager Hodgson will restore Arsenal midfielder Wilshere to his starting lineup against Poland on Tuesday night, reports Dave Woods of the Daily Star.

    The Gunners star will replace Lampard alongside Steven Gerrard as England seek the win they need to qualify for the 2014 World Cup finals in Brazil.

    England captain Gerrard admits his fear of suffering the same fate as he did in 2007 will drive him on, reports Charlie Wyett of The Sun (subscription required).

    The Liverpool star was part of the England team which failed to qualify for the 2008 European Championships when they were beaten by Croatia at Wembley in their final qualifying match.

    It is a memory I'll struggle to forget.

    I’ll take it with me to the grave. It was one of the lowest points of my international journey. I hope we don’t return to that.

    I’ve spoken to the lads about that feeling, on the bus going to games. Every time you get the chance to share a bit of experience you do.

    There’s a way of putting it across, never scaring a young lad. They’re aware about how big this is, what's at stake, and we need to seize this memory.

    We need to look back at this with a smile rather than I do about 2008.

    If England are to qualify for the finals with victory over Poland on Tuesday, their sole attention should be on Borussia Dortmund striker Robert Lewandowski, says Sami Mokbel of the Daily Mail.

Gareth Bale Will Struggle for Form Until Christmas, Says Wales Boss Coleman

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    Wales manager Coleman says Real Madrid will not see the best of world-record signing Bale until after Christmas, reports Phil Cadden of the Daily Mirror.

    The Welsh international has struggled with injury with Tottenham and Real this season, and his international manager claims a lack of a full preseason will hamper his hopes of making an immediate impact at the Bernabeu.

    Anyone who has played top-level professional football will know that if you have no pre-season and expect to pick up where you finished the season before then you are bonkers and crackers. It doesn’t happen. You can’t miss a whole pre-season.

    It takes time. He’s a super player and athlete, but you can’t just switch it on and off. It doesn’t matter how good you are. When you have missed all of pre-season then you are always playing catch up.

    So I won’t be surprised if it’s after Christmas before we see Gareth properly getting into it again. It may take him some time to get back to that especially with the extra pressure on him of going to Real Madrid. It’s difficult for him.

    Coleman is also having doubts over his own future as Wales manager after their unsuccessful World Cup qualifying campaign, reports the Daily Express.

Sir Alex Ferguson Backed for Australia 2014 World Cup Role

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    Former Manchester United and Australia goalkeeper Mark Bosnich has urged his country's governing body to ask Ferguson to lead the team into the 2014 World Cup finals, reports Mark Ogden of the Daily Telegraph.

    The Socceroos are looking for a new coach after sacking Holger Osieck in the wake of heavy defeats to France and Brazil, and Bosnich says Ferguson, with whom he had an uneasy relationship while the Australian was at Old Trafford, would be ideal.

    We've been throwing around a lot of names but there’s one person that I haven’t heard mentioned – even though I've got more reason than anyone not to suggest him. 

    I’m just being honest and have had experience under him, so know what he’s like – it is Sir Alex ­Ferguson.

    That name hasn’t been put about, but we need someone of that ilk.

    Meanwhile, Ferguson's successor at Old Trafford, David Moyes, will face competition from Lazio, Arsenal and Chelsea in a race for Aston Villa striker Christian Benteke, reports Nick Lustig of the Daily Star.

    Moyes may also find himself in a chase with Everton for Chesterfield winger Tendayi Darikwa, warns John Percy of the Daily Telegraph.

    United winger Wilfried Zaha will look for a loan move away from Old Trafford in January after failing to make a competitive appearance for the club since the Community Shield, claims Mark Ogden of the Daily Telegraph.

Thomas Vermaelen Admits He May Have to Leave Arsenal for Future Career

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    Arsenal defender Thomas Vermaelen admits he may have to leave the club in January to preserve his World Cup hopes, reports Martin Blackburn of The Sun (subscription required).

    The Belgium international has played only one game this season after returning from a back injury and feels he needs to move on to gain a place in the international squad next year.

    Of course not playing is not the ideal situation for me to go into a World Cup.

    The team hasn’t lost for a long period and it’s difficult to change, particularly for a player who has been out for three months like me.

    Arsenal have been told Real Madrid striker Karim Benzema will be available in a cut-price deal in January, claims Martin Del Palacio of The Independent.

    Barcelona goalkeeper Victor Valdes is set to snub the Gunners in favour of a move to Monaco in the summer, reports Paul Gorst of the Daily Mirror.

    Swansea City striker Michu has shrugged off speculation linking him with Arsenal and Liverpool, reports Simon Rice of The Independent.

Bits and Pieces: Paul Pogba to Stay at Juventus, Cristian Tello, Mario Balotelli

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    Juventus playmaker Paul Pogba wants to stay with the Serie A champions despite interest from Chelsea, reports Craig Hope of the Daily Mail.

    But the Daily Express reports that Chelsea have been told that £40 million will be needed to secure the services of the former Manchester United man.

    Liverpool could be set to move for Barcelona striker Cristian Tello in January, reports Gary Jones of the Daily Star.

    AC Milan striker Mario Balotelli is becoming fed up with the constant media attention directed at him, reports John Drayton of the Daily Mail.

    Newcastle United are hoping to sign QPR striker Loic Remy on a permanent deal in January after a successful start to his loan spell, reports Simon Bird of the Daily Mirror.

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