UK Back Pages: Captain Wayne Rooney's Weight the Topic of Conversation

Sean SwabyUK Staff WriterSeptember 2, 2014

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New England captain Wayne Rooney is the topic of conversation as England get set to battle Norway in a friendly Wednesday night.

Norwegian skipper Vegard Forren commented to TV2.no, per the Press Association (h/t The Guardian), that Rooney looks "a bit chubby" while also praising the English side.

But the comments made for plenty of tabloid fodder and some creative headlines, too, in Wednesday's back pages.

The Star simply used the headline "Captain Fatso" and ran a story of Radamel Falcao's claims to bring Manchester Untied back to glory.

Wednesday's Daily Star back page - "Captain Fatso" #tomorrowspaperstoday #bbcpapers pic.twitter.com/9X5avQvKGR

— Nick Sutton (@suttonnick) September 2, 2014

The Mirror simply used the headline "Fat Chance" and ran a story with former Manchester United man Paul Parker's quotes criticising Rooney's on-pitch effort.

Wednesday's Daily Mirror back page - "Fat Chance" #tomorrowspaperstoday #bbcpapers pic.twitter.com/tTlWK6Q6Vd

— Nick Sutton (@suttonnick) September 2, 2014

The Sun instead led with Rooney's warning toward the Three Lions that mediocre effort won't be tolerated during his watch.

Wednesday's Sun back page - "Roothless" #tomorrowspaperstoday #bbcpapers pic.twitter.com/x7ti329OOP

— Nick Sutton (@suttonnick) September 2, 2014

Daily Express simply teased Rooney's new reign as wearing the captain's armband for England.

Wednesday's Daily Express back page - "Wayne's reign" #tomorrowspaperstoday #bbcpapers pic.twitter.com/sgiMCkKhqM

— Nick Sutton (@suttonnick) September 2, 2014