What the papers say

  • Last Updated: December 6 2013, 9:13 GMT

A look at the stories making the back-page headlines from Friday's national press.

Hodgson: His tips are making the headlines
Hodgson: His tips are making the headlines

DAILY TELEGRAPH: Roy Hodgson is not a gambler by nature but he spoke with increasing belief in England on the eve of today's World Cup group stage draw. Also: The Mayor of Manaus last night said he hoped England did not play in the Amazonian city after Roy Hodgson expressed fears about having to travel there after today's draw is made.

THE TIMES: Roy Hodgson must believe his England team have a chance in the World Cup even if the rest of the nation is sceptical. Also: Brendan Rodgers, the Liverpool manager, said he has made no agreement with Luis Suarez that would allow the in-form forward to leave Anfield this summer should the club fail to qualify for the Champions League.

THE GUARDIAN: Roy Hodgson has said he would put a speculative tenner on his England side to win the World Cup before today's draw that will begin the final countdown to his proudest moment in football. Also: Monty Panesar has received a second apology from Cricket Australia inside a week, but has been backed to rise above off-field distractions to re-establish himself in international cricket during the remainder of the Ashes tour.

THE INDEPENDENT: Roy Hodgson has admitted that England's long-term plans to base themselves in Rio de Janeiro at next summer's World Cup could be torn up if the draw today sees them playing group games in the more far-flung Brazilian host cities. Also: Everton captain Phil Jagielka has suggested after helping inflict a humiliating defeat on David Moyes that the new Manchester United manager was let down in the transfer market by the Old Trafford board this summer.

THE SUN: David Moyes has revealed his hurt at Everton fans' abuse, it was claimed yesterday. Also: Porto want Tottenham boss Andre Villas-Boas to make a sensational return.

DAILY MAIL: Roy Hodgson has told England fans to put their money on his team to win the World Cup as he prepares for today's draw in Brazil. Also: England face the alarming prospect of entering the 2015 World Cup without players battle-hardened by European competition after their clubs announced they would be missing from next season's Heineken Cup.

DAILY MIRROR: David Moyes has been accused of a bitter rant at Everton fans following their win at Manchester United. Also: Roy Hodgson last night sent out a World Cup message to Three Lions fans as he vowed: "I'd put my money on England."

DAILY EXPRESS: Roy Hodgson promised here that England fear nobody in today's World Cup draw and said: "I'd put my tenner on us." Also: Ryan Giggs has demanded an instant response from Manchester United as their hopes of retaining the Premier League title were written off.

DAILY STAR: Roy Hodgson has backed England to shine at the World Cup and told fans: 'Stick a tenner on us.' Also: Luis Suarez is set to be offered a new contract at Liverpool.


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