From the back pages, May 30:

From the back pages
From the back pages

Frank Lampard came to England’s rescue at Wembley on Wednesday night to earn a 1-1 draw against Republic of Ireland for Roy Hodgson’s men. Lampard popped up in the box for England soon after Shane Long’s opener and he slotted past Millwall goalkeeper David Forde from close range to level the scores. (Daily Mail)

Gareth Bale would be prepared to speak to Real Madrid over a potential move if Tottenham agreed a fee for him, his agent has claimed. (The Times)

Luis Saurez has apparently given a strong hint that he wants to leave Liverpool. In a Spanish-language interview with a radio station in his native Uruguay, the controversial striker is said to have talked about how difficult he is finding life in England. (The Mirror)

LIVERPOOL have completed the signing of Iago Aspas for a reported fee of £8m. (Express)

Everton will talk with Roberto Martinez in the “next 48 hours”, although chairman Bill Kenwright has warned the Spaniard he is only one of the candidates the club are looking at. (The Indepedent)

THIERRY HENRY says Arsenal should be aiming higher than fourth place in the Premier League. The North London legend — now at New York Red Bulls — was surprised at the celebrations as the Gunners pushed Spurs into fifth. (The Sun)

The Australians are here – in the Welsh capital – and Michael Clarke, their captain, was prepared to use the A word. He has been around for a while. In fact he went up to Headingley for the first day of the Test against New Zealand and watched the rain fall. He knows what has been in the cricket columns – especially when the rain has been falling. There has been some controversy about the use of the A word – occasionally this has provoked use of the F word – but Clarke was going to have no such inhibitions. “I certainly have no problems in speaking and hearing about the Ashes because it’s a fantastic series that every Australian cricketer looks forward to,” he said. Whereupon he kept telling us that “as a team I don’t think we are focused on the Ashes at all at this stage”. (The Guardian)