From the back pages, March 27: England wilt in Montenegro after Wayne Rooney gets them off to a flier

Wayne Rooney scored for England
Wayne Rooney scored for England

It was a night, ultimately, of disappointment for England bearing in mind their supremacy in the first half and the potentially serious ramifications of what happened when they lost their way after the interval. It was some turnaround as a confident side, buoyed by Wayne Rooney’s sixth-minute header and playing some exuberant football, slipped back into old ways and lost the chance to take a position of strength in the contest to qualify for Brazil 2014 without being spared the ordeal of a possible playoff. (The Guardian)

Jenson Button has warned that the war between Red Bull’s drivers could cost them the World Championship. (The Times)

Wales’ slim hopes of a World Cup place vanished as Gareth Bale badly misfired, despite scoring from the spot. (The Mirror)

Filip Djuricic ran the show in Novi Sad as Serbia crushed Scotland on a mudbath of a pitch. The Benfica-bound 21-year-old popped up twice to net from close range after the break — as the visitors eventually crumbled under constant pressure. (The Sun)

Mark Halsey will not be given a Premier League match to referee over the Easter weekend as the fall-out to Callum McManaman’s horror tackle continues. (The Telegraph)

Jose Mourinho has fuelled speculation he will return to Chelsea next season, saying the club remains in his heart and he has ‘big emotional connections’ with Stamford Bridge. (Daily Mail)

Reading have announced that former Southampton boss Nigel Adkins will replace sacked Royals manager Brain McDermott on a three-year contract. (The Express)

PSG forward Zlatan Ibrahimovic will be free to torment his former club Barcelona over both legs of next month’s Champions League meeting. (The Independent)