What the papers say

  • Last Updated: September 12 2012, 7:10 BST

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

Hodgson: Saw his side draw with Ukraine

THE SUN: England's footballers brought the nation crashing down to earth last night. Also: Arsenal want to prise Didier Drogba away from Shanghai Shenhua.

DAILY MIRROR: Roy Hodgson watched 10-man England held to a desperate draw as Ukraine brought a halt to a glorious summer of sport. Also: Patrice Evra is facing the axe for Manchester United this weekend.

DAILY STAR: Frank Lampard rescued England with an 86th-minute penalty at Wembley last night. Also: Aleksandar Kolarov let his feet do the talking as Chris Coleman's poor run continued.

DAILY EXPRESS: England skipper Steven Gerrard was sent off as England stumbled to an unconvincing World Cup qualifying draw at Wembley last night. Also: The FA will start John Terry's racism hearing on September 24. Officials at Wembley had hoped to deal with the matter sooner but there has been a delay in appointing the three-man Independent Regulatory Commission for what is an extremely sensitive case.

DAILY MAIL: Frank Lampard's late penalty saved Roy Hodgson from feeling as sick as those players missing with a virus. Also: Queens Park Rangers have shipped out one aggressive 'philosopher' and replaced him with another.

THE INDEPENDENT: Andy Murray has ended Britain's 76-year wait for a male grand slam champion, but the 25-year-old Scot said here yesterday he has no intention of resting on his laurels. Also: Shinji Kagawa is a major doubt for Manchester United's Premier League match against Wigan on Saturday after sitting out Japan's World Cup qualifier against Iraq because of back pain.

THE TIMES: Andy Murray wants his life to stay the same but knows it will never be so. As the US Open champion departed the city of his dreams, he had no inkling of the reception that awaits him when he returns to home soil. Also: England tour squad announcements have become predictable affairs but a mixture of retirements, poor results and alleged misbehaviour left the selectors with far more than usual to ponder when they met yesterday to perm a part for the Test series in India before Christmas.

THE GUARDIAN: Apparently the England side are now officially the third best international team in the World. Or, at least that is what FIFA would like us to believe through its increasingly perplexing ranking system. Also: Asked after winning the Scottish stage of the Tour of Britain in Dumfries whether he had his sights set on the race leader's golden jersey, Mark Cavendish replied that he would rather continue in the world road champion's rainbow stripes, which will be his to wear for only 11 more days.

DAILY TELEGRAPH: Frank Lampard rescued England here last night, striking a late penalty after a largely abject performance by Roy Hodgson's side. England's saviour also finished as their leader after Steven Gerrard was deservedly dismissed for two yellow cards. Also: Scotland suffered a second draw in four days and may live to rue the loss of four valuable home points.