Llorente a possible option for Arsenal: The Daily Mirror suggests that Fernando Llorente could be a stop-gap option for Arsene Wenger as he searches for a new striker this January. The story claims that Wenger is still keen on taking Luis Suarez to the Emirates, although he may find it difficult to secure any of his top targets. But with Llorente having largely been left on the bench since his move to Juventus from Athletic Bilbao over the summer, the Spaniard could be available on loan in the New Year.
Paper Round's view: Wenger may indeed have to start thinking of a striker other than Suarez, who is thought to be keen on a 'dream' move to Real Madrid. If that does happen, Karim Benzema is likely to become available, but not until the summer, leaving Wenger to do a loan deal to see him through until then. Llorente represents a decent temporary option - he's big and strong, he could well thrive in the Premier League. And with Carlos Tevez ahead of him in the Old Lady's pecking order, surely he would jump at the chance to regular football elsewhere.
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England roar ahead of Montenegro clash: It's a defiant set of back pages today, with all of the papers naturally leading with coverage of England's crucial World Cup qualifier against Montenegro. The headlines across the board sum up the mood of the Three Lions camp, with two papers going with 'England expects'. Elsewhere, Roy Hodgson's positive approach to the game is reflected ('Bring it on' in The Times, 'We will not let you down' in the Daily Telegraph) with just The Sun leading promoting the notion of failure, which is, the paper says, 'Unthinkable'.
Paper Round's view: The usual pre-match bluster to be expected from England ahead of yet another must-win game. The papers are understandably behind the team, but how many of them have already chosen their headlines (possibly with a Photoshopped root vegetable) in the case of failure?
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Rooney could have been Scottish: Former Scotland boss Berti Vogts has revealed that he asked Wayne Rooney to play for his side when the striker was still just a teenager. The Manchester United player has a Scottish grandmother, which made him eligible for selection when he was a highly-rated 16-year-old at Everton. Vogts, who was in charge of Scotland between 2002 and 2004, put in the call to Rooney, but was met with a firm rejection, the Daily Mail reports.
Paper Round's view: Just imagine how different the world would be had Scotland been able to call on 'Wayne McRooney', as the Daily Mirror's headline puts it. Well, perhaps not that much different to be honest - it's not like England are dominating world football, or even cruising to World Cup qualification, with Rooney in their ranks.
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