What the back pages say: RFU bankroll England's European tilt with 20m cash boost



England's quest to conquer Europe and the world in the next three seasons is being financed by a huge kitty from the RFU worth more than 20million.

Also: Frank Lampard admits he is in a dogfight for his place in England's World Cup squad as he prepares to receive his golden cap at Wembley.



Frank Lampard has admitted his century of caps will count for nothing as he and England's handful of senior players seek to convince Roy Hodgson they merit inclusion in the squad for the World Cup, with tonight's friendly against Chile at Wembley the first of three auditions before the naming of the party for Brazil.

Also: The pre-match psychology when England face New Zealand is often fascinating and this week it has been especially so.


Steve Hansen, the All Blacks head coach, admitted last night that his team had "given themselves an upper cut" with the security lapse that allowed The Daily Telegraph to publish highly sensitive team-room revelations before tomorrow's confrontation with England at Twickenham.

Also: The enormity of the challenge facing England at Twickenham was made clear yesterday when head coach Stuart Lancaster described the All Blacks as "the best team in any sport in the world".


Roy Hodgson has warned Ashley Cole that his England place is under threat as competition for inclusion in the squad for the World Cup finals intensifies tonight with a warm-up match against Chile at Wembley.

Also: Cristiano Ronaldo and Zlatan Ibrahimovic, two of football's biggest talents and egos, meet tonight knowing that the World Cup is not big enough for the both of them.


Roy Hodgson indicated yesterday that the competition between Ashley Cole and Leighton Baines to be England's number one left-back is wide open, after 12 years of the Chelsea man having dominated the position in the team when fit.

Also: Even in the unlikely event that a football genie came to Eidur Gudjohnsen before tonight's match offering him World Cup qualification for Iceland in exchange for all his medals and trophies, he would turn him down.


Roy Hodgson has told his World Cup hopefuls it's time to stand up and be counted.

Also: Cocky Zlatan Ibrahimovic claims he will be a much bigger loss to the World Cup than Cristiano Ronaldo.


Manchester United plan to have Wayne Rooney locked up on a new 53million contract by the New Year.

Also: Ashley Cole has been warned he could miss next year's World Cup.


Ashley Cole was last night warned his World Cup place is in jeopardy.

Also: Edin Dzeko is the latest player on Arsenal's January transfer hit-list.


Ashley Cole has been warned his England place is under threat and he can no longer be considered as an automatic pick ahead of the World Cup.

Also: The arrogant All Blacks have poured scorn on the extent of England's ambition ahead of their clash at Twickenham tomorrow.

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