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Paper Review: England Reaction, Man Utd Still Chasing Leighton Baines

Ian RodgersWorld Football Staff WriterNovember 16, 2013

Paper Review: England Reaction, Man Utd Still Chasing Leighton Baines

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    The fallout from England's defeat by Chile in an international friendly dominated the sports headlines on Saturday.

    Newspaper writers were not impressed by the performance of Roy Hodgson's team in the 2-0 loss to the South Americans.

    Elsewhere, Manchester United will renew their chase for Everton and England defender Leighton Baines when the transfer window reopens in January.

    Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho is eyeing a move for a leading striker, while former Sunderland manager Paolo Di Canio has hit out at his predecessor at the Stadium of Light, Martin O'Neill.

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

Unconvincing Verdict on England Newcomers After Defeat to Chile at Wembley

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    The England celebrations after qualifying for the World Cup finals were dashed by Chile at Wembley on Friday night.

    The South Americans were worthy 2-0 winners with Alexis Sanchez scoring both goals as Hodgson blooded a number of new faces in his team to begin preparations for the finals in Brazil.

    England have received a World Cup "wake-up call" with their defeat by Chile, warns David Woods of the Daily Star.

    Paul Joyce of the Daily Express claims the defeat is a cold dose of reality for England, but he can see a silver lining for Hodgson. Ben Jefferson of the same newspaper credits Sanchez and Chile for their display at Wembley.

    Hodgson admits his decision to field an inexperienced England team backfired, reports Charlie Wyett of The Sun (subscription required), although the newspaper's "Chile Con Carnage" online headline is the best on offer on Saturday.

Manchester United to Renew Bid for Everton Defender Leighton Baines in January

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    Manchester United manager David Moyes will finally land Everton defender Baines in January, reports David McDonnell of the Daily Mirror.

    The former Goodison Park manager attempted to buy the England left-back in the summer but will succeed with a £16 million offer when the transfer window reopens, claims the article.

    David McDonnell of the Daily Mirror also reports that United are weighing up a move for Sporting Lisbon defender Mauricio.

    The paper highlights that the 25-year-old was once sent off for fighting with a Palmeiras team-mate in Brazil in 2009.

Jose Mourinho Considers Jackson Martinez Bid for Chelsea

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    Chelsea manager Mourinho is considering a move for FC Porto striker Jackson Martinez in January, reports David Woods of the Daily Star.

    The Stamford Bridge boss was in Brussels on Friday night to watch the Colombia international play against Belgium, claims the article.

    And Mourinho is now lining up a £35 million offer to his former club in a bid to take the forward to West London.

    Meanwhile, Mourinho has also revealed that he receives inspiration before matches from a somewhat higher power.

    The Chelsea boss consults the Bible before games, reports Antony Kastrinakis of The Sun (subscription required), although Mourinho might have had his tongue in cheek here.

Juventus Propose Cheeky Swap Deal for Liverpool Striker Luis Suarez

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    Juventus have offered a cheeky swap offer to Liverpool for star striker Luis Suarez, reports Ben Jefferson of the Daily Express.

    Reds manager Brendan Rodgers has been linked with a move for Juve pair Claudio Marchisio and Leonardo Bonucci, claims Jefferson.

    And the Serie A champions are looking at a swap deal involving Suarez if Liverpool want to land the players in January, according to the report.

    Jefferson, though, points out that the swap offer is merely an indication of how highly Juventus rate Marchisio and Bonucci rather than a serious trade.

Bits and Pieces: Paolo Di Canio, Saido Berahino, Steven Taylor, Crystal Palace

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    Former Sunderland manager Paolo Di Canio has hit back at Martin O'Neill in the ongoing row between the two ex-Black Cats bosses, reports Paul Jiggins of The Sun (subscription required).

    O'Neill branded Di Canio, who succeeded him at the Stadium of Light last season, as "a charlatan" last week, but the Italian claims it is the new Republic of Ireland boss who deserves that description, reports Jiggins.

    Wales manager Chris Coleman fired a broadside at his critics and former striker Craig Bellamy after signing a two-year contract extension with the national team, reports James Nursey of the Daily Mirror.

    Bellamy had been linked with taking over from Coleman, but the Wales boss insists the Cardiff City player does not have the experience for the role, claims the report.

    Arsenal and Chelsea have been placed on alert after Saido Berahino's contract talks with West Brom stalled, claims John Cross of the Daily Mirror.

    Newcastle defender Steven Taylor could be penalised by the Football Association over an ill-judged Twitter comment, report Louise Taylor and Jamie Jackson of The Guardian.

    Crystal Palace have refused to comment on reports they are in advanced talks with Dan Petrescu to succeed Ian Holloway as manager, reports David Wright of the Daily Star.

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