What the papers say

  • Last Updated: December 7 2012, 7:03 GMT

THE SUN: Fernando Torres is struggling to fill the boots of 'warrior' Didier Drogba. Also: Jermain Defoe bagged his 13th goal of the season as Spurs stormed into the last 32 of the Europa League.

Sir Alex Ferguson: January transfer targets
Sir Alex Ferguson: January transfer targets

THE TIMES: Alastair Cook may have set a new landmark in the England record books yesterday with the 23rd hundred of his career, but Graham Gooch, a long-time mentor at Essex, believes his protege can get better and better in the years ahead. Also: Jordan Henderson, one of the most maligned of Kenny Dalglish's signings, repaid a small but significant chunk of his £16million transfer fee last night when he scored the goal that took Liverpool through to the knockout stages of the Europa League.

THE INDEPENDENT: Any and all English batting records can be broken by Alastair Cook now. Also: Winning is a habit and Tottenham now have it.

DAILY STAR: John Obi Mikel was last night hit with a three-game ban and a whopping £60,000 fine - but was warned: 'You're lucky it's not more.' Also: Newcastle's bid to top their Europa League group fell flat in Bordeaux last night when they crashed 2-0.

THE GUARDIAN: Uefa has confirmed its controversial plan to hold the 2020 European Championship in an array of cities across the continent, leaving the door open for a potential final at Wembley and group-stage matches in Scotland, Wales and Ireland. Also: It was not a comfortable journey and it took longer than Brendan Rodgers thought necessary, but a place in the last 32 of the Europa League belongs to Liverpool.

DAILY MAIL: Sir Alex Ferguson is plotting a January transfer raid for at least two of Manchester City's top targets in a move sure to infuriate Roberto Mancini ahead of Sunday's derby. Also: The FA will campaign to host the Euro 2020 final at Wembley after UEFA yesterday confirmed their controversial plan to stage the tournament in up to 13 cities across the continent.

THE DAILY TELEGRAPH: No matter how this series develops for England, Alastair Cook has already imprinted his name upon it in bold capitals after scoring his third century in three Tests. Also: There are many Liverpool supporters who insist there is a class player hidden within Jordan Henderson.

DAILY EXPRESS: Arsenal believe they have won the battle to sign Crystal Palace wonderkid Wilfried Zaha. Also: Jordan Henderson's first European goal helped Liverpool beat Udinese 1-0 and qualify for the last 32 of the Europa League as winners of Group A.

DAILY MIRROR: The FA will bid to host the final stages of the 2020 European Championship, after UEFA said the tournament will be played throughout the continent. Also: Brendan Rodgers hailed his young guns as they fired Liverpool into the knockout stages of the Europa League.


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