What the papers say

  • Last Updated: November 20 2012, 7:38 GMT

A look at the stories making the back-page headlines in this morning's newspapers.

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DAILY EXPRESS: Liverpool have made a firm enquiry to Chelsea for Daniel Sturridge as they look to push ahead with plans to sign the England forward in January. Also: Roy Hodgson has admitted England have under-delivered in their World Cup qualifying campaign.

DAILY STAR: Roberto Di Matteo is planning an £80m gamble in the Champions League tonight. Also: Sergio Ramos has vowed to show Manchester City's Euro flops no mercy.

THE SUN: Roberto Di Matteo has told his warring Chelsea stars to carry on arguing after Saturday's dressing-room row at the Hawthorns. Also: Mark Hughes was still clinging to his job at QPR last night after crisis talks with his players and chief executive.

DAILY TELEGRAPH: England's comprehensive defeat by India in the opening Test has left them an even bigger hurdle than the one faced by Alastair Cook and Matt Prior when trying, but ultimately failing, to save this match. Also: Dave Brailsford has ended speculation about his position in charge of British Cycling by pledging his future to the squad until Rio 2016.

THE TIMES: Mark Hughes has been given no long-term position as Queens Park Rangers manager after meeting with Philip Beard, the club's chief executive yesterday. Rumours were rife on social network sites last night that the Welshman had been sacked, but QPR dismissed the speculation. Also: West Ham United endured a frustrating evening but it was a sign of the strides that they have made that they rued failing to defeat an established top-flight side.

DAILY MAIL: Roman Abramovich will try to persuade Pep Guardiola to become Chelsea manager before the summer if he fires Roberto Di Matteo. Also: Roy Hodgson is considering bringing in a psychologist to help England's footballers take penalties.

DAILY MIRROR: Roberto Mancini's son threw down the gauntlet to Jose Mourinho, insisting: My dad knows more about football than you. Also: Liverpool are talking with Chelsea about a possible move for Daniel Sturridge.

THE GUARDIAN: Alastair Cook, who had batted so heroically in his first match as England's official captain, offered no excuses after his side slumped to a nine-wicket defeat in the first Test against India but hinted there would be changes ahead of Friday's second Test in Mumbai. Also: If West Ham United are chosen to move into the Olympic Stadium at a London Legacy Development Corporation board meeting net month, the now iconic stadium is likely to have cost at least £630m by the time it reopens in 2015 or 2016.

THE INDEPENDENT: Celtic may never surpass their night in Lisbon in 1967 but they can achieve something special there this evening nonetheless. Also: Roberto Di Matteo said last night that his Chelsea players were still united after defeat to West Bromwich Albion on Saturday and believed, ahead of tonight's crucial game against Juventus, that they would not become the first holders of the Champions League to go out at the group stages the following season.

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