What the papers say

  • Last Updated: September 7 2012, 8:00 BST

A look at what is making the headlines on the back pages of Friday's press.

Jonnie Peacock: Star at the Paralympics last night

THE SUN: Steven Gerrard admits England need "a miracle" to win the World Cup in 2014. Also: David Weir and Jonnie Peacock helped GB's Paralympic team celebrate its greatest day by smashing through the medal haul of four years ago.

DAILY MAIL: Jonnie Peacock eclipsed the great Oscar Pistorius to storm to victory in the men's T44 100m last night as ParalympicsGB surpassed the gold medal haul of their Olympic counterparts at London 2012. Also: England embark on another World Cup campaign tonight as captain Steven Gerrard admits it will be a miracle if the team triumph in Brazil in 2014.

DAILY MIRROR: Steven Gerrard believes England can pull off a "miracle" and win the 2014 World Cup. Also: Jonnie Peacock blew Oscar Pistorius away in the battle of the Bladerunners last night.

DAILY EXPRESS: England will launch their World Cup qualifying bid tonight with skipper Steven Gerrard confident of a Brazil 2014 place and urging his team-mates to remember that "miracles do happen". Also: Queens Park Rangers midfielder Samba Diakite has flown home to France and is being treated for depression.

DAILY STAR: Steven Gerrard admits England need a miracle to win the World Cup in Brazil. Also: Bacary Sagna has hit out at Arsenal for selling their best players and admits he fears for the future.

THE DAILY TELEGRAPH: Steven Gerrard has admitted that his international career is unlikely to extend beyond the 2014 World Cup campaign that begins tonight but, in assessing England's chances, he said that he believes in the possible "miracle" of winning the tournament. Also: Wales and Belgium kick off their World Cup campaigns tonight anxious to shake off premature accolades for their 'golden generation'.

THE TIMES: Steven Gerrard has urged his England team-mates to keep believing they can pull off a miracle by winning the 2014 World Cup in Brazil. Also: Roy Hodgson insisted last night that he has no concerns over Wayne Rooney's conditioning and fitness regime, despite the player's own tendency to put on weight.

THE GUARDIAN: Kevin Pietersen looks certain to be missing from the list of England centrally contracted players which is due to be announced shortly, although there is optimism he will be included at a later date depending on a positive outcome of the continuing talks between him and the England management. Also: England start their qualification campaign to reach the World Cup in Brazil on Friday night with the captain, Steven Gerrard, urging his players to retain faith in their quality and reminding them that, should they reach the finals, "miracles do happen".

THE INDEPENDENT: On the eve of another two-year qualifying campaign for a major tournament, Steven Gerrard last night appealed to the English football nation to keep the faith that England could win the 2014 World Cup. Also: Three down; one to go. "The Weirwolf of London" claimed another set of victims and a third gold medal last night.