From the Back Pages, February 16: English footballers as skilful as Brazilians, claims Brendan Rodgers

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Brendan Rodgers says it is “tosh” to suggest England produce technically inferior footballers to those in Europe and South America. (The Independent)

Roy Hodgson is confident he has found a replacement for the injured Theo Walcott after Raheem Sterling’s resurgent displays for Liverpool look set to secure the teenage winger a place in England’s World Cup finals squad. (The Guardian)

Wilfried Zaha is a shock contender for England’s World Cup squad after ending his frustration at Manchester United with a loan move to Cardiff City. (The Telegraph)

NEWCASTLE boss Alan Pardew has one more game – against Aston Villa – to avoid becoming the next victim of the Premier League managerial carnage. (The Express)

Manchester City 2 Chelsea 0: José Mourinho has aimed plenty of barbs at Manchester City in recent weeks. Perhaps after this, the Chelsea manager will quieten down for a while. (The Times)

Pablo Zabaleta wants to one day give Lionel Messi a proper welcome to Manchester. Zabaleta will be tasked with halting his Argentina team-mate when Manchester City face Barcelona in the Champions League on Tuesday night. (The Mirror)

Villarreal’s game against Celta Vigo was suspended on Saturday night after tear gas was thrown on to the pitch. Players from both sides streamed off the field in the closing stages of the La Liga clash with Celta Vigo winning 1-0. The game resumed after a short break, with the visitors winning 2-0. (Daily Mail)