What the papers say
A look at the stories making the back-page headlines in this morning's newspapers.
THE SUN Roy Hodgson hopes Rickie Lambert can fire England towards the World Cup tonight - after just 23 minutes of international football. Also: David Luiz rejected a move to Barcelona despite being tapped up by his Brazilian team-mates... Mesut Ozil insists Arsenal's trophy drought will not extend to a ninth season.
THE INDEPENDENT As the debate over the lack of quality available to England managers swirled around him, Roy Hodgson put his faith in a 31-year-old centre-forward who has played two seasons in the top division. Also: Gordon Taylor, the chief executive of the Professional Footballers' Association, has thrown his support behind Football Association chairman Greg Dyke's call for urgent change to help the England team and wants to see quotas of at least four "homegrown" players in clubs' starting XIs.
DAILY MAIL Andy Murray admitted he played a "bad match" as the defence of his US Open title ended in embarrassing fashion with a straight-sets defeat to Stanislas Wawrinka. Also: England's players shipped in the WAGs last night as they prepared for tonight's crucial World Cup qualifier against Moldova... Chris Coleman heaped embarrassment on Welsh football last night after he lost his passport on the eve of a World Cup qualifier.
THE TIMES Roy Hodgson insisted that England's World Cup campaign is not a "doomed mission" last night, despite Greg Dyke's downbeat assessment of his squad's chances. Also: Robin van Persie has given his backing to David Moyes, affording the new Manchester United a timely show of support and dismissing suggestions that he is unhappy at the Scot's appointment... The glorious summer of Andy Murray was spoilt on Arthur Ashe Stadium yesterday by an incomprehensibly edgy and negative performance and the collapse of his US Open title defence at the quarter-final stage.
DAILY STAR England's World Cup hopes are resting in the hands of international rookie Rickie Lambert. Also: Steven Gerrard knows England's chances of 2014 World Cup glory are slim but insisted they can still do the nation proud.
DAILY MIRROR Roy Hodgson last night put his faith in Rickie Lambert to solve his striker crisis and crush Moldova. Also: Andy Murray was visibly rattled as he crashed out of the US Open 6-4 6-3 6-2 last night... Manchester United chief Ed Woodward has privately conceded the club came up short in this summer's transfer window.
THE GUARDIAN Roy Hodgson said England would not be on a "doomed mission" should they qualify for the World Cup finals in Brazil after the newly appointed chairman of the Football Association, Greg Dyke, suggested winning next summer's tournament was a distinctly unlikely prospect. Also: Roy Hodgson has urged Rickie Lambert to seize his unexpected opportunity after naming the Southampton striker in the line-up for tonight's World Cup qualifier against Moldova, with the England manager having admitted Daniel Sturridge may struggle to be available for next week's awkward trip to Ukraine.
DAILY EXPRESS Rickie Lambert is the rookie charged with firing England to the World Cup finals after being given the nod for tonight's qualifier against Moldova at Wembley. Also: Steven Gerrard sent a defiant message to England's critics last night, saying: "We are not weak." Dean Richards returns to the Aviva Premiership tonight four years after the disgrace of the fake-blood scandal of the Harlequins which earned him a three-year ban from rugby.
DAILY TELEGRAPH Roy Hodgson appears to have relaxed the rules surrounding the England squad, with families, wives and girlfriends of the players admitted yesterday to visit the team hotel. Also: Roy Hodgson is preparing to use Rickie Lambert as the spearhead for England's attack in the crunch World Cup qualifier against Ukraine next Tuesday after revealing that he does not expect Daniel Sturridge to play... Andre Villas-Boas has admitted that Gareth Bale inflicted "intense" pressure on Tottenham to force through his world-record transfer to Real Madrid.