What the papers say

  • Last Updated: October 9 2012, 8:46 BST

A look at what is making the headlines on the back pages of today's newspapers.

Ashley Cole: Making plenty of headlines

THE SUN: Roy Hodgson can pick Ashley Cole against San Marino on Friday. Also: QPR chiefs will this week decide whether to replace Mark Hughes with Harry Redknapp...Frank Lampard will be offered a Chinese takeaway of £250,000 a week after tax...Newcastle are fuming after the FA let Robin van Persie off the hook over his elbow storm.

DAILY STAR: Ashley Cole's foul-mouthed attack on the FA is set to cost him £300,000 - and could drive him away from Chelsea. Also: Theo Walcott was last night warned that Arsenal will not be held to ransom over his pay demands...Liverpool midfielder Jonjo Shelvey was yesterday drafted into the England squad.

DAILY MIRROR: Newcastle are facing a fans' revolt as they prepare to announce a multi-million deal with payday loan company Wonga. Also: Roy Hodgson was last night told he must decide if Ashley Cole tackles San Marino on Friday...Brendan Rodgers believes controversial striker Luis Suarez is facing "unfair vilification" over allegations that he dives.

DAILY EXPRESS: Ashley Cole was last night reflecting on the wisdom of one of the most expensive tweets in history, and a moment of madness that could cost him nearly £300,000. Also: Steven Gerrard has been told he is the man to fill the gaping hole left in the centre of Roy Hodgson's defence by the retirement of John Terry...Mark Hughes has been given two months to turn things around at Queens Park Rangers or he will be sacked.

DAILY MAIL: Brendan Rodgers last night launched an amazing defence of Luis Suarez as he claimed the controversial striker has been singled out for "wrong and unfair" treatment. Also: Ashley Cole will not be banned from playing for England after his Twitter attack on the Football Association.

THE GUARDIAN: Roy Hodgson alone will determine whether Ashley Cole plays for England in Friday's World Cup qualifier against San Marino after the Football Association ruled out the possibility of banning the full-back for describing the governing body as a "bunch of t***s" on Twitter. Also: Brendan Rodgers has condemned the "vilification" of Luis Suarez after the Liverpool striker attracted fresh criticism for diving against Stoke City on Sunday.

DAILY TELEGRAPH: A new era dawns for English football today, a wind of change confronting the dark storm-clouds that have stood too long over the national game. First mooted in 2001, a place where for a painful period the only balls kicked were of the moth variety, the Football Association's £120 million St George's Park coaching hub and skill-enhancement factory finally opens and with Royal approval. Also: Ashley Cole reported for England duty yesterday afternoon just hours after being formally charged by the Football Association for branding the national governing body "a bunch of "t***s".

THE TIMES: The Football Association has insisted that Roy Hodgson will have the final say over whether Ashley Cole plays for England against San Marino on Friday, denying that the Chelsea defender could be omitted on disciplinary grounds. Also: When Ashley Cole meets the Duke of Cambridge today he could use the opportunity to clarify that he didn't count the Queen's grandson in his low estimations of the Football Association top brass.

THE INDEPENDENT: Roy Hodgson has decided that he will not punish Ashley Cole further for his Twitter attack on the Football Association

and the player will be told that he is available for selection for Friday's World Cup qualifier against San Marino. Also: Chris Waddle has added his support to the prospect of Michael Carrick playing in defence for England against San Marino on Friday, and gone further by suggesting that Steven Gerrard should play there in the long term.


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