Lineker backs down: Most back pages have the story that former England captain Lineker has backtracked over his criticism about the national side in the wake of Tuesday's goalless draw in Ukraine. After having branded the performance as "awful" immediately after the game - infuriating Roy Hodgson in the process, who hit back at England's second highest all-time goalscorer - Lineker changed his tune 24 hours later, insisting in a series of tweets that the England boss was doing "a good job".
Paper Round's view: Lineker may have backtracked somewhat but his initial views will stick. Anyway, if he wants to be an outspoken pundit, which is what he is paid for, why feel the need to backtrack at all? He should not be afraid of getting on the wrong side of Hodgson or the FA.
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Lineker wants to be a part of the Dyke revolution: Meanwhile, the Daily Mail reports that Lineker is willing to sit on FA chairman Greg Dyke’s crisis commission into the state of English football. The paper reveals that Lineker is "so concerned" about the declining number of top-level English players that he is prepared to expand on his opinions to the FA panel.
Paper Round's view: This would certainly explain Lineker's later tweets - he wants to be taken seriously by the FA as someone who has constructive criticism to make and who can make a difference. He may still have to convince Hodgson he doesn't have an agenda against the coach though.
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O'Neill to be offered Ireland job: The FAI is set to offer the Ireland job to O'Neill in the next 48 hours, according to the Daily Mail. The paper reports that the former Celtic and Sunderland boss - the FAI's "only choice" - is willing to discuss terms to replace Giovanni Trapattoni whose five-year reign has come to an end.
Paper Round's view: O'Neill has been out of work since being sacked by Sunderland in March, so is ready to jump straight into the job. And with businessman Denis O’Brien willing and able to fund another high-profile manager's wages for the next two years, the path appears clear for the Northern Irishman man to take over.
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Barca target Mata: Barcelona will try to take Juan Mata back to Spain in January, although Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho's feelings for the Catalan club may stand in the way of a deal. Citing reports in Spain, the Daily Express claims Mata is seen as a potential long-term replacement for Alexis Sanchez or Cesc Fabregas at the Camp Nou but Mourinho's "grudge" against the Catalan club could scupper any January deal.
Paper Round's view: Mata has said he is happy and Chelsea and the club have publically reassured fans he is staying, yet the hot air continues to blow from Spain. The Mail claims Mata might be interested in a move with one eye on next summer's World Cup, but for the time being the speculation remains just that.
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Bale meets Ronaldo: And finally, most papers have a great photo of the world's most expensive player Bale meeting the man he took the title off, Ronaldo. 'The £166m handshake' is the headline in both the Daily Mirror and Daily Mail, with the latter claiming "the two galacticos shook hands in a heavily staged ‘chance meeting’ in the club car park".
Paper Round's view: Massively expensive footballers, wash bags, bling and a car park - who wouldn't be interested in seeing that? A seismic moment in the history of the game.
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