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Paper Review: England 2014 World Cup Realism, Mesut Ozil, Falcao

Ian RodgersWorld Football Staff WriterOctober 16, 2013

Paper Review: England 2014 World Cup Realism, Mesut Ozil, Falcao

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    No prizes for guessing where the focus of the English newspapers is on Wednesday morning.

    England qualified for the 2014 World Cup in Brazil with goals from Wayne Rooney and Steven Gerrard in the 2-0 win over Poland at Wembley on Tuesday.

    But the written press have tempered joy at qualification with some realism over the country's chance next year.

    Arsenal are facing a sweat over record signing Mesut Ozil, while the midfielder's former club, Real Madrid, have hinted at a move for Radamel Falcao.

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

Roy Hodgson Endured '1,000 Deaths' but Says England 'Have a Chance' in Brazil

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    England manager Hodgson admitted he suffered "1,000 deaths" every time Poland entered his team's half during the 2-0 win at Wembley on Tuesday night, reports Jack Pitt-Brooke of The Independent.

    Rooney's late first-half header had given England a 1-0 lead, but Hodgson and his team had to wait until the closing stages before Gerrard sealed a safe passage to Brazil next year.

    Hodgson insists England "have got a chance" of World Cup glory in 2014, reports Pitt-Brooke, but there is a sense of realism regarding the team's hopes next year.

    Amid the joy at reaching the finals, Martin Lipton of the Daily Mirror outlined defensive flaws during the game against Poland, while Shaun Custis of The Sun (subscription required) highlighted the fact that qualification had not been a simple process.

    Henry Winter of the Daily Telegraph has already selected the 23-man England squad for the finals.

    Steven Howard of The Sun also offered praise to Hodgson for his team selection in the games against Montenegro and Poland.

    Geoff Sweet of The Sun also outlined the cost of following England to Brazil next year for travelling supporters. Suffice to say, some serious saving will be required in the coming months.

Mesut Ozil, Darron Gibson Are Injury Concerns After World Cup Qualifiers

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    Arsenal are facing an anxious wait on the fitness of record signing Ozil after he limped out Germany's 5-3 win over Sweden, reports the Daily Mail.

    The Gunners star celebrated his 25th birthday on Tuesday with a goal for his country but hobbled from the pitch eight minutes before the end after Joachim Loew's team came from two goals down to win.

    But there could be even worse news ahead for Everton midfielder Darron Gibson, who was carried off the field at the Aviva Stadium during the Republic of Ireland's 3-1 win over Kazakhstan.

    The former Manchester United man has suffered suspected knee ligament damage after falling awkwardly in the 35th minute the match, reports Nick Lustig of the Daily Star.

    Everton manager Roberto Martinez was in the stands in Dublin but will not be looking forward to some potentially bad news for his player.

Florentino Perez Hints at Real Madrid Transfer Bid for Radamel Falcao

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    Real Madrid president Florentino Perez has hinted that the club could make a move for Monaco striker Falcao next year, reports Ben Burrows of the Daily Mirror.

    Perez insisted that there would be no move for the Colombia international in January, but it could happen at the end of the season.

    He (Falcao) won’t come in January but in June, who knows?

    Nothing is impossible and there is a lot of time between now and then.

    Falcao is a great player and I am aware that he wants to play for (Real) Madrid. I am aware of that, but it’s normal. They told me.

    Falcao joined Monaco from Atletico Madrid this summer for a reported fee of £51 million according to The Independent, as the Ligue 1 club prepared an assault on the French title after promotion from the second tier.

Manchester United Linked with Transfer Move for Atletico Madrid Star Koke

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    Manchester United are considering a move for Atletico Madrid midfielder Koke, reports Nick Lustig of the Daily Star.

    The Spain international, 21, has already been compared to Barcelona star Xavi, and the Camp Nou side are also monitoring Koke, claims the report.

    But United manager David Moyes is ready to trigger a £16 million release clause to bring Koke to Old Trafford, says Lustig.

    Meanwhile, Moyes has confirmed his intention of sending Wilfried Zaha out on loan to gain Premier League experience, reports David Anderson of the Daily Mirror.

    Zaha and West Ham United forward Ravel Morrison had an on-pitch row while playing for England Under-21s in the 5-0 win over Lithuania on Tuesday, reports Sunni Upal of the Daily Mail.

    United are closing in on a deal to sign Brazilian forward Bruno Gomes from Desportivo Brazil, despite interest from Real Madrid, Udinese and Sao Paolo, claims Nick Lustig of the Daily Star.

Bits and Pieces: Ross Barkley, Thibaut Courtois, Park Chu-Young, Asmir Begovic

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    Everton midfielder Gareth Barry has warned the club that they must hold on to teammate Ross Barkley amid interest from Manchester United and Chelsea, reports Nick Lustig of the Daily Star.

    Barry, who is on loan from Manchester City, believes the Merseyside club is the ideal place for the 19-year-old to develop and has urged him to stay with the Blues.

    Chelsea goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois has told the Stamford Bridge club he is not prepared to leave his loan deal with Atletico Madrid to act as an understudy for Petr Cech, reports Simon Rice of The Independent.

    Park Chu-Young's wages are proving to be a stumbling block in his loan move from Arsenal to Wigan, reports Alan Nixon of the Daily Mirror.

    Stoke City chairman Peter Coates says the club will not stand in the way of goalkeeper Asmir Begovic if he wants to leave, reports James Dickenson of the Daily Express.

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